The polling released today
shows Mitt Romney has erased that lead despite Obama spending millions on Bain Capital attack ads; the two are now in a 44 to 44 dead heat. In June, Obama had been up 47 to 42 and March, 50 to 42.
The survey has an error margin of plus or minus 2.4 percentage points and comes on the heels of dismal Labor Department report that shows weekly jobless claims had jumped 34,000 to 386,000.
Obama still gets the support of nearly all blacks at 88 to 1 percent, but Romney tops Obama 47 percent to 44 percent on the question of who would do a better job on the economy, according to Quinnipiac. But the President's call to raise taxes enjoyed a 59 to 36 percent split in his favor.
The poll found Independent voters split near even at 40 percent for Obama and 38 percent for Romney. The president leads 46-41 percent among women while Romney wins with men 46-42 percent. White voters go to Romney 55-33 percent according to the poll." Quinnipiac said.
"But neither man is exactly Mr. Popularity: Romney has negative 39-42 percent favorability, compared to Obama's divided 46-48 percent. One of them is going to win the White House, but neither would get elected prom king," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
Quinnipiac also found Republican George Allen up 46 percent to 44 percent over Democrat Tim Kaine in a race that is too close to call.