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Poll finds Irish American voters leaning towards Obama – but only just

The IrishCentral poll found 51 per cent of Irish American voters plan to vote for Barack Obama with 48 per cent leaning towards Mitt Romney.

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IRISH AMERICAN VOTERS are leaning towards incumbent Barack Obama over Republican challenger Mitt Romney – but only just.

A poll asking how Irish Americans plan to vote in Tuesday’s US Presidential election found Obama has a marginal lead of 51 per cent to Romney’s 48 per cent. One per cent of voters said they remain undecided.

The poll of just over 1,100 respondents was carried out for IrishCentral by Amárach Research.

Irish Americans have traditionally tended to favour Democratic party candidates but Michael McLoughlin of Amárach Research noted that simple stereotypes of the Irish American community are no longer as valid as they once were. ”This is a huge ethnic group – with diverse beliefs, views and goals,” he told IrishCentral.

The survey found 57 per cent of respondents had voted for Barack Obama in the 2008 election while 43 per cent had voted for Republican candidate John McCain, indicating a significant shift away from supporting the president.

Latest opinion polls ahead of Tuesday’s election show that the two candidates are almost tied, although Obama is slightly ahead in most swing states.

More: Full results and analysis on IrishCentral.com >

Video: Mr Burns endorses Romney >

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