WaPo-ABC Track: All Tied Up at 49 Percent
After days of small ticks up and down, the Washington Post-ABC News tracking poll starts its second week with a tied contest: 49 percent of likely voters support President Obama and exactly the same number back Republican Mitt Romney.
Little has been able to budge the presidential contest definitively one way or the other, nor has voters’ impressions of their own financial well-being changed over the course of the intense, expensive fall campaign.
Just as in early September, 33 percent of likely voters say they are worse off than they were four years ago, with just over 20 percent (now 22) saying things are better financially. Now, as then, nearly half say things are about the same. This split in opinion remains far more similar to impressions before George H.W. Bush lost his bid for a second term in 1992 than when Bill Clinton won his four years later.
By 2 to 1, more independents say they are not as well off as they were when Obama became president than say they are now in better shape financially (36 to 18 percent).
But one persistent obstacle for the challenger counterbalances: A slim but steady majority of voters say he would do more to favor the wealthy over the middle class were he to win the presidency. Two-thirds see Obama prioritizing the middle class, not the wealthy.