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November 6, 2012

Poll indicates presidential race is too close to call

NORMAN — The last Gallup Poll shows presidential contenders are running neck and neck. Key subgroups included in the Gallup report show divisions of appeal to various people that Gallup characterize as “likely to vote.”

Mitt Romney and running mate Paul Ryan are more popular with potential male voters, while Barack Obama and Joe Biden have more currency with women.

White voters like Romney — 57 percent to Obama’s 39 percent — while an overwhelming 92 percent of black voters like Obama compared to 6 percent who like Romney.

The president’s strongest numbers are in the East and his lowest numbers are in the South. Romney holds the edge in the Midwest, the West and the South.

Both are favored strongly by likely voters in their own parties, but independents are split, with Romney favored by 45 percent and Obama favored by 46 percent.

Romney has an edge among college graduates, while postgraduates prefer Obama.

Lower-income voters tend to favor Obama, while higher-income voters tend to favor Romney. Protestants like Romney but Catholics like Obama, and those with no religious preference strongly support Obama 67 percent to Romney’s 26 percent.

The Gallup poll also reports that Americans approve of Obama’s response to Superstorm Sandy.

While the candidates square up differently on how they are rated on various issues, for the most part, they are in a dead-even heat, with equal 52 percent favorable ratings.

Interestingly enough, Obama edges Romney out when it comes to likability with 52 percent of likely voters seeing the president as likable compared to 40 percent who characterize Romney as likable. For more information, visit www.gallup.com.

Joy Hampton366-3539jhampton@normantranscript.com

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