The final poll released Sunday by the Pew Research Center ahead of Tuesday’s election shows President Obama has a three-point lead over Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney just two days before the general election.
Obama leads Romney 48 percent to 45 percent in the poll of 2,709 likely voters, which has a margin of error of 2.2 percentage points. The poll was conducted Oct. 31-Nov. 3.
Here’s more from the Pew news release:
The survey finds that Obama maintains his modest lead when the probable decisions of undecided voters are taken into account. Our final estimate of the national popular vote is Obama 50% and Romney 47%, when the undecided vote is allocated between the two candidates based on several indicators and opinions.
The results come just a week after a Pew poll showed the two candidates deadlocked at 47 percent among likely voters. That poll was conducted Oct. 24-28, before Superstorm Sandy hit the U.S. East Coast.
Here’s more from Pew:
“Obama’s handling of the storm’s aftermath may have contributed to his improved showing. Fully 69% of all likely voters approve of the way Obama is handling the storm’s impact. Even a plurality of Romney supporters (46%) approve of Obama’s handling of the situation; more important, so too do 63% of swing voters.”
Among likely voters in the crucial battleground states that both candidates are vying for, the Pew poll found Obama leading 49 percent to 47 percent.
The poll adds, however, that voter turnout remains one of the GOP nominee’s strengths. Romney’s supporters are more engaged in the election and more committed to voting than are Obama’s supporters, the poll found.
NPR’s Guy Raz talks to Andrew Kohut, president of the Pew Research Center, on tonight’s weekends on All Things Considered. We’ll have the audio from that interview as well as excerpts later Sunday.