Obama racks up three-point lead over Romney in final poll before Election Day

Washington, Nov. 5 (ANI): After finding a dead-even race between the presidential candidates in its previous poll, a new Pew Research Poll found that President Barack Obama has gained a slight edge over Republican rival Mitt Romney nationally.

In the Pew Research Center's election weekend survey, Obama was holding a 48 percent to 45 percent lead over Romney among likely voters.

In the final survey Obama has ended with a three-point lead over his GOP rival.

Nearly 50 percent respondents prefer to vote for Obama as compared to 47 percent who prefer Romney.

According to Politico, Obama's increase among likely voter support is most notable among women, older voters, and political moderates.

Women now favor Obama by a 13-point margin (53 percent to 40 percent), up from six points a week ago and reflecting a shift towards Obama since early October.

Right after the first presidential debate, the women's vote was split evenly (47 percent each). Men, however, favour Romney by a 50 percent to 42 percent margin, with little change in the past month.

Romney continues to lead among voters aged 65 and older, by a nine point margin (51 percent to 42 percent).

But that is only about half of the 19-point lead he held among seniors just a week ago. Political moderates now favor Obama by 21 points (56 percent -35 percent).

Pew showed Obama with an 8-point lead over Romney in late September, and had Romney up 4 points in the aftermath of the first debate.

Now, that the effects of Romney's awful September and Obama's awful leadoff debate have subsided a bit, the race has returned to a familiar place: with Obama slightly ahead over Romney. (ANI)