Superstorm Sandy puts Obama, Romney's close race to White House on pause

Washington, Oct. 31 (ANI): In the final days of the US presidential campaign, superstorm Sandy may have changed the dynamics of the close race, giving President Barack Obama a chance to display 'presidential leadership' while compelling both the president and Romney to give up valuable days on the campaign trail.

According to a new CBS News/ New York Times poll, just ahead of Sandy's arrival, the presidential race remained close, with Obama leading Romney among likely voters 48 percent to 47 percent, while voters continue to see the Republican as stronger on the economy.

With just a week to go before the election, 10 percent of likely voters are still uncommitted, saying they are either undecided or could change their minds about who to vote for, CBS News reports.

According to the report, enthusiasm about voting is higher among Romney's supporters, 68 percent of whom say they are very excited about voting, while among Obama's supporters, 59 percent say they are very excited.

The poll revealed there is still a gender gap in the race: women support the president, 52 percent to 44 percent, while men support Romney, 51 percent to 44 percent. And while each candidate gets strong support from their respective political parties, Romney now holds a 12-point lead among the swing-voting group of independents (51 percent to 39 percent).

Obama leads Romney by five points on foreign policy and terrorism, but his lead on those issues has narrowed. He also has a nine-point advantage on the issue of Medicare and a 12-point advantage on abortion, the poll said.

The candidates are close on taxes (Romney leads, 47 percent to 46 percent) and health care ( Obama leads, 48 percent to 45 percent), and more voters say the president (52 percent to 43 percent) would do more than Romney to help the middle class, the report said.

Romney, however, has an advantage on the issue of bipartisanship. Half of likely voters think Romney would work better with both Republicans and Democrats in Congress, while 39 percent think the president would, it added.

The survey was conducted Oct. 25-28, while the storm made landfall in New Jersey on Oct. 29. (ANI)

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