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Obama, Romney in dead heat, polls suggest

President Obama and Mitt Romney are locked in a virtual dead heat nationally and in swing states, according to the latest round of polling.

A new NPR survey shows the president leading his Republican challenger, 47 percent to 45 percent, but the 2-point margin is within the poll’s margin of error. The NPR poll also shows a tie, 46-46, in battleground states.

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The results from NPR are consistent with those of a CBS News/New York Times poll published late Wednesday that showed Romney with a 1-point edge over the president — within that survey’s margin of error — and last week’s Washington Post/ABC News poll that showed the candidates tied at 47 percent apiece.

A poll released Thursday by Quinnipiac University showed Romney and Obama even in the swing state of Virginia, at 44 percent each. Last month, Obama led by 5 points in Virginia, according to Quinnipiac.

A Gallup poll published Wednesday showed 69 percent of Americans are “dissatisfied with the way things are going.” But, Gallup noted, the dissatisfaction measure had not been under 70 percent since 2009.

Callum Borchers can be reached at callum.borchers@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter
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