Washington, Nov. 1 (ANI): With less than a week before the election, the race for the White House between President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney is locked in a dead heat among likely voters, a new poll has found.
According to a Fox News Poll, both Obama and Romney have received a 46-percent support from likely voters.
Romney had a razor-thin 46-45 percent edge over Obama earlier this month, after the first presidential debate in Denver.
The poll found that independents have given an edge to Romney by seven percentage points (46-39 percent).
It found that there is a gender gap in vote preference, as nearly 51 percent men back Romney as compared to 42 percent who support Obama.
Obama, however, has an edge among women with nearly 50 percent supporting him as compared to 42 who support the GOP candidate.
According to Fox News, the poll found that Obama is under-performing compared to his 2008 exit poll numbers by 13 percentage points among independents, 9 points among white men, 6 points among women and 4 points among voters under age 30.
Among the subgroup of most interested voters, those who are 'extremely' interested in the election, Romney leads Obama by 53-42 percent.
Nearly 44 percent of voters said that economic issues such as jobs and growth will be most important in deciding their vote for president.
More voters trust Romney to improve the economy (+9 points), reduce the deficit (+5 points) and manage their taxes (+5 points).
By 54-41 percent, voters also think Romney has the right experience to create more jobs.
Obama, however, has a lead in handling foreign policy (+8 points), helping people achieve the American dream (+8 points), handling education (+7 points) and terrorism (+6 points).
The poll found that the candidates are tied on taking the country in the right direction, encouraging the right values, handling health care and national security. (ANI)