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• 50 percent of all voters say Mr. Obama’s policies would help the middle class, 49 percent say Mr. Romney’s policies would help.

• 45 percent support Mr. Obama, 49 percent support Mr. Romney.

Source: A Pew Research Center for the People & the Press survey of 1,511 U.S. adults conducted Oct. 4 to 7.

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