A pair of new national polls shows an increasingly tight presidential race, with President Obama and Republican Mitt Romney essentially tied.

In a Fox News survey released Friday, the candidates each garnered the support of 43 percent of likely voters surveyed. Meanwhile, Gallup’s daily tracking poll gives the Republican challenger a slight edge, 47 percent to 45, but that lead comes among all registered voters and represents the latest variation in a race that has been deadlocked since the end of April.

While the Fox poll shows a nation divided on whom they will vote for in the fall, the survey did confirm some of the conventional wisdom about the presidential election. While more than half of Americans say the president has mostly succeeded on making the country safer, similar numbers say Obama has mostly failed in improving healthcare, stimulating the economy and creating new jobs.

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