Latest polling: Leadership ratings help Obama

November 5, 2012 5:12:29 AM PST
Barack Obama has maintained a sizable advantage over Mitt Romney in trust to handle a major crisis and regained his lead in being seen as the stronger leader, wielding the benefits of incumbency to stay competitive, economic discontent aside, in the razor-close 2012 election.

Obama also has managed essentially an even split with Romney in views of which candidate has better ideas on the size and role of government ? another case, as with the economy, on which Romney has been unable to capitalize fully on a vulnerability of the president's.

Romney's held his ground nonetheless, notably with record levels of support within the Republican Party and broad backing in some of its key constituencies, and in the final weekend of the race the contest remains deadlocked, with 49 percent support for Obama among likely voters, 48 percent for Romney in the latest ABC News/Washington Post daily tracking poll.

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There's no clear evidence that Obama's response to Hurricane Sandy has directly helped him; while he holds a 10-point lead over Romney in trust to handle a major crisis, 52-42 percent, that's the same as it was earlier this fall, long before the storm struck.

Pew Research Poll

A Pew Research Center poll released Sunday showed Obama with a three-point edge over Romney, 48 percent to 45 percent among likely voters.

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NBC/Wall Street Journal Poll

A final national NBC/Wall Street Journal Poll showed Obama getting the support of 48 percent of likely voters, with Romney receiving 47 percent.

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PPP

North Carolina voters remain split in their support of President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney as the 2012 race for the White House enters its final days, according to the latest Public Policy Polling survey.

The left-leaning PPP poll said that its latest survey shows Barack Obama and Mitt Romney tied at 49 percent in North Carolina, with virtually no voters remaining undecided. The same poll showed the candidates tied last week.

Obama has built up a lead over the first two weeks of the early voting period in the state. Among those who say they've already voted he's at 58 percent to 40 percent for Romney. Romney achieves the overall tie because of a 58/40 advantage among those yet to vote.

Voters are almost evenly divided on Obama's job performance with 49 percent of them giving him good marks to 50 percent who disapprove. Romney has a narrowly positive favorability rating at 50 percent to 47 percent of voters with an unfavorable opinion. North Carolina voters trust Obama more than Romney both on the issue of the economy (50/47) and foreign policy (51/46).

More at: http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2012/10/still-tied-in-north-carolina.html

Elon University

According to the latest Elon University Poll, Romney and Obama both claim 45 percent of the vote in the Tar Heel State; about 5 percent of voters remain undecided, and within that group, leanings are evenly divided. Two percent said "neither."

More at: www.elon.edu/elonpoll

CNN

Meanwhile, a CNN/ORC International poll in the battleground state of Florida shows the presidential race remains tight, with 50% of likely voters choosing Mitt Romney and 49% picking Barack Obama.

Rasmussen

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows Mitt Romney attracting and President Obama tied at 49 percent.

Read more at: http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/obama_administration/daily_presidential_tracking_poll

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