NBC/WSJ: Romney, Obama tied at 47
By ALEXANDER BURNS |
10/21/12 9:07 AM EDT
After showing the president maintaining a small, relatively stable lead for much of the 2012 campaign, the NBC/Wall Street Journal poll now finds Barack Obama and Mitt Romney deadlocked among likely voters:
Mr. Romney has pulled abreast of the president for the first time all year in the Journal poll, erasing a three-point lead among likely voters that Mr. Obama had in late September and a five-point lead earlier that month. Mr. Romney's surge followed his strong debate performance in Denver early this month and a contentious second debate with Mr. Obama last week.
With the contest deadlocked and just 5% of voters undecided, the campaigns will now turn heavily to state-by-state efforts to rouse their base and get out the vote.
The poll found Mr. Romney with a wide lead among men, 53% to 43%, while Mr. Obama continues to maintain an advantage among women, 51% to 43%. Mr. Romney's edge among men has grown over the past month, while Mr. Obama's lead among women has slightly diminished.
Obama continues to lead by 5 points among all registered voters tested in the poll, which is why the strength of the two candidates' ground games is of paramount importance in the early voting phase and on Election Day.