WaPo-ABC tracking poll: final weekend tally is Obama 50, Romney 47, still a ‘margin of error’ contest
By Jon Cohen, Peyton M. Craighill and Scott Clement, Published: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 05, 4:30 PM ET
Heading into Election Day, likely voters divide 50 percent for President Obama and 47 percent for his challenger, Republican Mitt Romney, according to the latest, final weekend release of the Washington Post-ABC News tracking poll.
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Still, hitting 50 percent is a first for Obama since the poll in early July, with Sunday interviews marking Obama's single best day of the tracking poll. Just over 10 days ago, the tracking poll see-sawed in Romney's direction by the same, slender 50 to 47 percent.
It is clearer that the president made progress in other areas. He has re-gained an advantage when it comes to understanding the economic problems people are having in the country, and, over the final week, has drawn back to running evenly with Romney in voter trust to handle job No. 1: the economy.
Obama has also closed the gap among white voters, inching back above the 40 percent threshold some analysts see as critical to his reelection. In the final days, white voters divide 56 percent for Romney, 41 percent for Obama. More than three-quarters of non-whites, 76 percent, back Obama, 20 percent side with Romney.