President Obama Takes Moderate Lead in New Poll

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The turmoil of Hurricane Sandy in the Northeast has also increased the number of Obama supporters especially among moderates. About seven out of ten likely voters including 46 percent of Romney voters and 63 percent of swing voters believe that President Obama handled the storm crisis properly.

The poll also showed the enthusiasm behind Obama supporters. Eighty percent of Obama enthusiasts said they were voting for the President rather than simply voting against Romney. Yet, 60 percent of Romney voters said they were voting for the Republican nominee rather than against Obama.

"In past elections, dating to 1960, the candidate with the higher percentage of strong support has usually gone on to win the popular vote….And far more registered voters expect an Obama victory than a Romney victory on Nov. 6 (52% vs. 30%)," the Pew report found.

The new poll also shed some light behind Romney’s campaign. According to the results, Romney supporters were the most engaged voters and consistently kept up with the election in comparison to Obama supporters. Romney fans were also found to be “more committed to voting” than Obama supporters with a margin of 6 to 8 points.

Pew Researchers conducted over 2500 phone interviews between October 31-November 1. Participants were randomly chosen and the survey has a margin of error of 2.2 percent.

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