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JENNIFER AGIESTA
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new Associated Press-GfK poll finds that Americans are feeling markedly better about the country’s future and about Barack Obama’s job performance. That said, the president’s re-election race against Republican Mitt Romney remains a neck-and-neck proposition.

Obama’s approval rating is back above 50 percent for the first time since May. The AP-GfK poll also shows that the share of Americans who think the country is moving in the right direction is at its highest level since just after the death of Osama bin Laden in May 2011.

The poll shows that Romney has lost his pre-convention edge on the top issue of the campaign – the economy.

Obama is supported by 47 percent of likely voters and Romney by 46 percent, promising an all-out fight to the finish.

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