The latest Rasmussen poll of likely voters offers a bit of good news and bit of bad news for Mitt Romney. The poll shows that President Obama and Romney are now tied, at 42 percent support apiece. But among independents, the group that’s most likely to swing the next election, Obama now enjoys a 6-point edge (39 to 33 percent). Romney achieved a tie in the overall tally by faring better among Democrats (12 percent of whom favor Romney) than Obama did among Republicans (8 percent of whom favor Obama).

Overall, the poll shows Romney leading among those who make more than $60,000 annually. Obama leads among those who make less than $60,000 annually. The median household income in Ohio is $45,000.

The poll was taken on January 3rd and 4th, so partly before and partly after the Iowa caucuses. In the last pre-Iowa Rasmussen poll (taken on December 27 and 28), Obama trailed Romney by 6 points (45 to 39 percent).

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