Poll: Obama, Romney tied nationally
November 4th, 2012
12:28 AM ET
5 years ago

Poll: Obama, Romney tied nationally

(CNN) -– A new national poll of likely voters found the race between President Barack Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney tied.

Both candidates stood at 48% in the ABC News/Washington Post poll released Sunday, which was conducted between October 30 and November 2 and had a sampling error of plus or minus 3 points. It surveyed 1,809 likely voters.

A series of polls has begun to trickle in since Friday, giving a view of the race just days out from Election Day on Tuesday. Polling was suspended in some states and nationwide as Superstorm Sandy tore into the East Coast last week.

READ MORE: New polls measure two key states

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    Its as if half the nation wants to return to a GW Bush era lifestyle , you can't change if your unwilling to change..

    And money talks !

    November 4, 2012 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  2. Paul

    President Romney

    November 4, 2012 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  3. babak

    storm cause obama temporary. lead in national!now it is gone!

    November 4, 2012 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  4. Gurgyl

    I am predicting LANDSLIDE VICTORY FOR OBAMA. Yes, on Obama12.

    November 4, 2012 03:16 am at 3:16 am |
  5. Name s kel

    Oh really cnn? And what poll is that? One of your own romney leaning poll? I have seen other polls including fox news poll and all are leaning toward Pres. Obama.

    November 4, 2012 03:35 am at 3:35 am |
  6. it must be said

    An incumbent president, polling below 50% and tied with a challenger a few days before the election is bad news for the incumbent president. The American people are obviously not impressed and looking to make a change. Rewarding such poor performance with another 4 years is not likely.

    November 4, 2012 05:01 am at 5:01 am |
  7. Michael smith

    I hate to say this; but sometimes the truth must be spoken.

    Hope Obama wins, cos it's too risky to consider Mitt( joker)

    November 4, 2012 05:16 am at 5:16 am |
  8. Wire Palladin, S. F

    With their attacks on women, seniors, veterans, students, workers, and the poor, plutocrat Mittens and the GOP are going the way of the wooly mammoth. Sadly, they will not be missed

    November 4, 2012 06:41 am at 6:41 am |
  9. Wire Palladin, S. F

    I have now survived $2 billion from the Kochs, Rove, Adelson, etc. in negative ads against our president. I proudly cast my vote for President Obama, and look forward to ensuring Mitch 'turtleneck' McConnell a huge loss in 2014 in the commonwealth of Kentucky.

    November 4, 2012 06:47 am at 6:47 am |
  10. saleh

    Mamasafi.co.south Africa is the worlds fortune teller, still says Obama will be a president of us.

    November 4, 2012 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  11. bassman

    I wonder what the poll would have looked like if our media had reported the truth about the attack in Benghazi.

    November 4, 2012 07:05 am at 7:05 am |
  12. Ken Mark

    Obama has been right on major issues 1-Against Iraq War 2- Auto bailout 3- Balanced approach to reduce the deficit favored by leading CEOs (both Republicans and Democrats). He has tail winds behind him with endorsements from Powell and Bloomberg and praise from Christie for his leadership on Storm Sandy. Republicans need to say no to Tea Party this year and Forward with Obama.

    November 4, 2012 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  13. fryuujin

    the only poll that matters is Ohio. therefore this article is pointless, much like Mitt's plan, if he ever had one....

    November 4, 2012 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  14. kishawn small

    I want obama to win

    November 4, 2012 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  15. McRCN

    If the CNN polls are correct, Wednesday morning headline:

    Obama wins, Democrats win the Senate and Republicans win the House. $2 billion dollars spent on advertising and our time completely wasted on this election, and all we have to show for it is more gridlock and no leadership.

    November 4, 2012 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  16. Тшсл

    Please CNN, stop showing these stupid "poll" results. You mentioned only 1,809 were surveyed that is not a good sample to represent the population. Its like surveying two people and they both say they would vote for Romney and then putting the headline "ROmney recieves 100% of votes". And please stop acting like the only two candidates out there are Romney and Obama there are plenty of third party candidates that would do a lot better jobs at running this country then those two combined.

    November 4, 2012 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  17. g

    Don't matter. Obama will win

    November 4, 2012 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  18. bejee45

    Romney's Jeep lie in Ohio is an insult to anyone in the auto industry - or for that matter all Americans, does he really think that Americans don't know that he and the Republicans would have let the auto industry fail and go completely out of business.

    Richard Shelby, chairman of the banking committee, didn't seem to offer any options on the banks but "shut 'em down". I can only imagine the letting the auto industry and the large banks fail would have caused America to have gone into a depression - the likes of which we'd never seen.

    The Republicans are not, never have been or ever will be for working class people - it's never been more obvious, and it's destroying America for all.

    Only a strong middle class will keep all of America strong, and that won't happen with Romney as President.

    We're much better off than we were four years ago when America was in the great recession/depression.

    November 4, 2012 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  19. us_1776

    Consumer confidence hit a 4 year high today.

    Chrysler reporting best sales in 5 years today.

    Very good jobs report for October today.


    Democratic policies for creating jobs are working and working extremely well.

    Obama | Biden 2012 5.5+ million new jobs and stlll growing...


    November 4, 2012 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  20. us_1776

    The black and Latino communities are really making a statement in Florida this election.

    In St. Petersburg, the lines stretched around 2 entire city blocks.

    Lines over 5 hours long for early voting.

    Never saw anything like this in my entire life.

    Huge turnout.


    November 4, 2012 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  21. us_1776

    Nov. 3
    538: Nate Silver

    President Obama is now better than a 4-in-5 favorite to win the Electoral College, according to the FiveThirtyEight forecast. His chances of winning it increased to 83.7 percent on Friday, his highest figure since the Denver debate and improved from 80.8 percent on Thursday.

    Friday’s polling should make it easy to discern why Mr. Obama has the Electoral College advantage. There were 22 polls of swing states published Friday. Of these, Mr. Obama led in 19 polls, and two showed a tie. Mitt Romney led in just one of the surveys, a Mason-Dixon poll of Florida.


    November 4, 2012 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  22. us_1776

    If you look at the trend lines since Oct 22 on 538 you see that Obama has steadily been gaining and today up again.

    Obama widened his lead now up at 306 electoral votes Romney dropped to 231

    Even RealClearPol with No Tossup States has Obama up at 290 with Romney dropping to 248.

    2 days left and Obama trending up with a big lead already. You do the math.


    November 4, 2012 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  23. Chuck Hendrix

    I am not in denial like most Republicans seem to be. In a nutshell to think that a telephonic poll is really indicative of how people are going to vote is pretty silly. Cell phones are not included in telephonic polls. Land lines are only used for these polls. MOST younger, voting age people have cells phones and do not have home phones so are not included in these polls. Most younger voters lean towards voting for Obama.

    November 4, 2012 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  24. DRPike

    Obama is going to win comfortably in the electoral college. Right or not, and I am an opponent of the electoral college, it's finally almost over.

    November 4, 2012 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  25. mjkoch

    If Hillary Clinton or a White man was President and ended the war in Iraq, saved the country from entering a Depression, saved the U.S. automobile industry from collapse, and extended healthcare to thirty million people who never had it before would this election be close? They would be winning in a landslide of historic proportions. We can try and pretend that this has nothing to do with the color of Barack Obama's skin but all we are doing is fooling ourselves.

    November 4, 2012 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
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