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Obama, Romney tied in latest poll

2012-10-22 08:33

Washington - A new pull puts US President Barack Obama and his Republican rival, Mitt Romney dead even in their race for the White House on the eve of their final televised debate.

Sunday's survey, by NBC News and The Wall Street Journal, showed the candidate were tied among likely voters with 47% each.

In the new survey, Obama, however, was leading Romney 49% to 44% among the wider pool of all registered voters.

But the poll also showed improved voter confidence in Romney.

A total 47% of registered voters said they were either optimistic and confident, or satisfied and hopeful, that Romney would do a good job as president. The figure marks a 5-point increase since the last NBC/WSJ poll.

Obama's rating stood unchanged at 50% on this question.

Romney has also narrowed a gap on the public perception of his abilities as commander-in-chief. On that issue he now trails Obama by just 3points – 44% to 41%.

In the previous poll, the president had an 8-point edge on this question.

The poll, conducted on October 17-20 among 1 000 registered voters and 816 likely voters, had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

In the previous national NBC/WSJ poll, conducted before the debate season began, the president held a 3-point lead over his Republican challenger – 49% to 46%.

Comments
  • Tony Lapson - 2012-10-22 08:49

    Yes, US leaders are always tied in the final polls according to the media. Every year it's "a thrilling race for the lead". Load of crap.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-22 10:00

      Romney has no chance, but that wont stop the MSM doctoring the polls, until the last minute, to pretend it's a close run thing, to kid the Americans that they have some skin in the game.

  • chas.holman - 2012-10-22 09:09

    I've already voted for the President (it felt great). Polls are silly at this point of the election in 2012. Get out there and vote, regardless what any silly polls tell you.... ya hear?

      kobus.hattingh.5 - 2012-10-22 09:28

      Yes but only if they intend voting for Romney :)

  • Jeremy - 2012-10-22 09:32

    Which just goes to show that 47% of US voters (those supporting Romney) are morons, just like the man they support! Personally I think there's something badly wrong with a system that requires presidential candidates to be multi-millionaires or have huge financial support from others. It's always going to mean that the president is beholden to financial interests that probably aren't good for the country!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-22 10:01

      That is democracy sub-contracted. The best democracy money can buy, and they want to export this farce to other countries using bombs!

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