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President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are essentially deadlocked in the polls. Obama has not yet received a bounce from the Democratic National Convention (DNC). The President is scheduled to speak tonight. (MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Obama still deadlocked with Romney night of DNC speech

Obama is 1 point below Republican Mitt Romney in a new Reuters/ Ipsos poll.

President Obama is preparing for his night in the spotlight at the Democratic National Convention Thursday, but so far the convention hasn't boosted the President's standing in the polls. 

A new Reuters/Ipsos poll found on Thursday that Republican Mitt Romney is still one point ahead of the President, with 45 percent to 44 percent. Romney had a lead of two points on Wednesday.

"We're not seeing a sort of glimmer, at this point, of a bump," Ipsos pollster Julia Clark told Reuters.

A Rasmussen daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows Mitt Romney with 47 percent of the vote nationwide and President Obama earning 44 percent of the vote.

Republican Mitt Romney saw a modest bounce in the polls during the Republican National Convention last week. According to a CNN/ORC International poll, Romney gained 1 percent following the RNC.

Both results are essentially a tie, with Gallup saying Romney received “no bounce” and the two leaders remain virtually deadlocked.

Reuters notes that the questionnaire was given Wednesday, before former President Bill Clinton's well-received speech, so the poll would not reflect any positive influence from Clinton. 

President Obama makes his keynote speech at the convention tonight. Obama senior adviser David Plouffe told USA Today that the president would give voters "a very clear sense of where he thinks the country needs to go economically, the path we need to take."