Obama has narrow edge with 2 weeks to go

2012-10-23 22:42

Washington - President Barack Obama pulled slightly ahead of Republican Mitt Romney in a Reuters/Ipsos daily tracking poll on Tuesday, but the race remained essentially tied with two weeks to go until the 6 November election.

Obama led Romney among likely voters by a statistically insignificant margin of 1 percentage point, 47% to 46%. The four-day online tracking poll includes some responses taken after the two candidates' final televised debate, but the full impact will not register for several days.

Obama maintains a larger advantage in the state-by-state battle that will determine the outcome of the election. Ipsos projects that Obama holds an edge in the most hotly contested states, including Florida, Virginia and Ohio, and is likely to win by a relatively comfortable margin of 322 electoral votes to 206 electoral votes.

The poll has reflected a tight race since shortly after the two candidates met for their first debate on 3 October. But a substantial portion of voters remain up for grabs. Roughly 20% of those surveyed say they could switch their votes or have not yet made up their minds.

Among the larger pool of registered voters, Obama leads Romney 46% to 42%.

The accuracy of Reuters/Ipsos online polls are measured using a credibility interval. The survey of 1 030 likely voters has a credibility interval of 3.5 percentage points.

  • conrad.beyers.5 - 2012-10-24 07:17

    Why focus the article on a single poll outcome? For example, Gallup shows that Romney is up 5% under likely voters. Maybe a look at the RealClearPolitics average is more reliable. In this average of polls, Romney also leads nationally.

      orania.betaenduro - 2012-10-24 08:47

      Personally I think all politicians are full of crap. But theire is a saying that goes like this better the devil you know than the one you dont know. Politicians are all talk and no go. Talk talk and more crap talk.

  • kobus.hattingh.5 - 2012-10-24 07:45

    Obama is just all talk and mostly about himself lol

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-24 07:48

    The US has a few weeks to import the voting machines that they use down south in Venezuela. In what could still be a close race for the Whitehouse, it cannot be left to a friendly court to gift the keys.

  • melanie.d.slade - 2012-10-24 07:57

    i have been following this campaign for close to a year and i would hate to see Romney win this one. The Romney-Ryan-Fox News campaign is ridiculous!

      kobus.hattingh.5 - 2012-10-24 08:08

      And voting for Obama whom has proved that he is useless is unimaginable!

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