NBC/WSJ poll: Obama leads Romney 48 to 47

A poll from the Wall Street Journal/NBC News shows President Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney deadlocked among likely voters with only two days remaining before the election.

The survey released Sunday shows Obama leading Romney with 48 percent support to 47. Last week, the two candidates were tied 47 percent each.

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Obama’s edge is thanks in part to him holding a slightly stronger advantage with female voters than Romney enjoys with men. Obama leads among women 51 to 43 percent, while Romney leads with men 51 to 44.

The poll also comes after Hurricane Sandy which battered the east coast forced both candidates form the campaign trail. 

The WSJ/NBC poll finds voters praising Obama’s handling of the natural disaster, with nearly 7 in 10 voters approving of his performance, with 15 percent disapproving. The poll found Obama’s approval was highest in the Northeast which faced the brunt of the storm’s fury with 75 percent approval. 

The poll mirrors other national surveys which also show a tight race. 

An ABC News/Washington Post poll released Sunday showed the candidates tied at 48 each, the same finding from a Rasmussen poll released Saturday.

Fox News last week found the two candidates tied at 46 percent support.

A slew of battleground polls, where the race is likely to be decided also show a tight race. A Columbus Dispatch poll finds Obama up 50 to 48 in the Buckeye state. 

A Pennsylvania Tribune Review poll meanwhile finds the candidates tied at 47 in the Keystone state and a Public Policy Polling survey Saturday from Wisconsin showed Obama up 3, at 51 to 48.

Both candidates are spending the final two days criss-crossing the nation, hoping to rally supporters and sway undecided in key battleground states.

Obama will visit New Hampshire, Florida, Ohio and Colorado on Sunday, with Romney stopping in Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

The WSJ/NBC poll was conducted from Nov. 1 to 3 and has a 2.55 percent margin of error.