Obama-Romney 47- 47: Pew Poll

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Football fans dressed as Mitt Romney, left, and President Barack Obama wait for the start of an NFL football game between the New Orleans Saints and Denver Broncos, on Oct. 28, 2012, in Denver.

Another new measure of how close the contest is nationally:

The race between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney is deadlocked among likely voters a little more than a week from Election Day.

An Oct. 24-28 poll by the Pew Research Center gave each nominee 47 percent of those surveyed, a slight gain for Obama following an Oct. 4-7 poll that showed Romney ahead, by 49-45 percent.

“This thing is too close to call,” says Michael Dimock, associate director of the Pew center. “Romney got a big bump out of the first debate and while the public assessments of the next two debates were more favorable to Obama, it didn’t undo the gains Romney made.”

The poll suggests that “things are not continuing to move in Romney’s direction,” he says, “but this is about as close as it could get.”

Obama led, by 50 -44 percent, among likely women voters surveyed, while Romney led, by 51-44 percent, among men.

The early October poll had found Obama and Romney tied among women while the former Massachusetts governor led by eight points among men.

Ronney is given an edge on jobs and the deficit, in the survey while Obama holds an edge on Medicare and foreign policy.

The survey of 1,495 registered voters has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.

 

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