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Long haul to election reaches a messy end
Mr. Obama was viewed favorably by 50.5 percent and unfavorably by 45.6 percent in the latest Real Clear Politics average of polls, while Mr. Romney came in at 49.8 percent favorable and 43.9 percent unfavorable. Mr. Romney’s 5.9 percent “net favorable” rating came in 1 point higher than Mr. Obama’s.
The horse race between the two has been just as crazy.
The final Gallup Poll gave Mr. Romney a 49 percent to 48 percent edge among likely voters, but gave Mr. Obama a 49 percent to 46 percent edge when all registered voters were surveyed. Both numbers show improvement for the president over the past week, when Hurricane Sandy rolled onshore and devastated much of New Jersey and New York City.
“Voter support for Obama increased by six points in the East, to 58 percent from 52 percent, while it held largely steady in the three other regions,” Gallup’s editors concluded. “This provides further support for the possibility that Obama’s support grew as a result of his response to the storm.”
Gallup said the race is now back to where it was at the beginning of October, just before Mr. Romney grabbed a clear lead based on his strong performance in the first of the three presidential debates.
Mr. Obama is more likable, Mr. Romney is seen as more bipartisan, and they tied on which one would be a “strong and decisive leader.”
When asked whether Mr. Obama deserves re-election, 51 percent said no, and 48 percent said yes.
Whichever man wins, myriad challenges await him. Both men say they want to reform the tax code, and both have vowed to work on immigration from the get-go. They also will have to confront what some analysts said is a resurgence of al Qaeda, punctuated by the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
Some challenges won’t wait for Inauguration Day: The Bush-era tax cuts expire Jan. 1, and more than $100 billion in automatic spending cuts are due to take effect Jan. 2.
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