Romney has also drawn to equal enthusiasm among supporters, with 62 percent of voters favoring each candidate saying they were strongly enthusiastic to head to the polls. By comparison, Obama trounced his 2008 opponent, Sen. John McCainJohn McCainEx-Bush aide Nicolle Wallace to host MSNBC show Meghan McCain: Obama 'a dirty capitalist like the rest of us' Top commander: Don't bet on China reining in North Korea MORE (R-Ariz.), 65 percent to 38 percent in terms of voter enthusiasm four years ago; former President George W. Bush bested Sen. John KerryJohn KerryEgypt’s death squads and America's deafening silence With help from US, transformative change in Iran is within reach Ellison comments on Obama criticized as 'a stupid thing to say' MORE 60 percent 50 percent in 2004.
Voters also split evenly at 49 percent when asked whether they approve of the way that Obama was handling his job as president. But Obama did post a significant advantage when voters were asked who better understood the economic problems people in the country were having, earning a 51 percent to 44 percent edge.
Notably, the poll was conducted entirely before Monday night's third and final presidential debate.