Obama pulls slightly ahead of Romney in post-storm Pew poll

November 4, 2012

President Obama leads Mitt Romney by three points in the Pew Research Center's latest national poll of likely voters. From the story on the homepage by David A. Fahrenthold, Felicia M. Sonmez and David A. Nakamura: 

A new poll from the Pew Research Center found Obama with a three-point lead over Romney nationwide. Less than a week earlier, the same poll had the two candidates tied at 47 percent. But, by Sunday, Obama was ahead, 48 percent to 45 percent.

The Pew poll seemed to indicate that Obama’s chances had been helped by his handling of Hurricane Sandy, which included praise from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), a vocal Romney supporter. The Pew poll found that 69 percent of all likely voters approved of the way Obama is handling the storm’s impact, a number that included 63 percent of swing voters.

When the probable decisions of undecided voters are taken into account, Obama leads Romney 50 percent to 47 percent nationally, among those likeliest to vote. The president enjoys high marks for his handling of Sandy, even among supporters of his rival. A 46 percent plurality of Romney supporters said they approve of the way Obama handled the effects of Sandy. 

The previous Pew poll (which showed Obama and Romney deadlocked at 47 percent) was taken from Oct. 24-28, before Sandy impacted the Northeast. The latest poll was taken last Wednesday though last Saturday, after the storm had made landfall. 

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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