Pre-Election Voting Polls Show Dead Heat Between Presidential Candidates
With Election Day Tuesday (Nov. 6), President Obama and Mitt Romney have yet to grab a significant lead over the one another.
According to a CNN/ORC International poll, 49 percent of likely voters are in support of Obama, while 49 percent are leaning on the side of Romney.
Several other polls show small leads or split decisions for either side. A Politico/George Washington University poll has both candidates tied, while an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll gives the victory to Obama, but only by 48 percent, in comparison to Romney’s 47 percent. Additionally, a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center puts the incumbent at 50 percent, while his opponent nabbed 47 percent, numbers which fall within the margin or error.
There is also a gender gap between candidates. “Fifty-three percent of women saying they plan to vote for President Obama compared to only 44 percent of men. That works out to a nine-point gender gap, which would be the largest since 1996,” noted CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.
However, the president has seen a drop in support for the president among young people. “Obama is getting less support among younger voters than he did four years ago. But he manages a tie with Governor Romney among senior citizens— a group he lost to Senator McCain by eight points.”
The president leads among white voters, voters bringing in less than $50,000 a year, while Romney leads voters making over $50,000 at 52 percent compared to the president’s 47 percent.
In the race for electoral votes, the president is narrowly defeating Romney at 271 votes to 191.
With one day to go, both candidates are hitting the campaign trail hard. Romney visited seven states over the weekend, including Pennsylvania which hasn’t voted Republican since 1988, while the president hit the likes of Florida and Ohio—both important battleground states.
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