Candidates in Dead Heat as US Votes for President

World | November 6, 2012, Tuesday // 12:55
Bulgaria: Candidates in Dead Heat as US Votes for President US President Barack Obama (L) and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney (R)shake hands after the final presidential debate in the Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, USA, 22 October 2012. Photo by EPA/BGNES

Millions of Americans are voting whether to re-elect President Barack Obama or choose Mitt Romney with CNN poll saying the two are dead even.

Forty-nine percent of likely voters questioned say they support the president, with an equal amount saying they back the former Massachusetts governor, according to CNN/ORC International survey.

The poll is the fourth national non-partisan survey, which indicates the battle for the presidency either a dead heat or virtually tied.

A Politico/George Washington University survey has it tied at 48%; an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll indicates Obama at 48% and Romney at 47%; and the latest ABC News/Washington Post tracking poll puts Obama at 49% and Romney at 48%.

Fifty-three percent of women saying they plan to vote for President Obama compared to only 44% of men, CNN's final poll before Election Day indicates a significant gender gap.

According to the survey Obama is getting less support among younger voters than he did four years ago. But he manages a tie with Governor Romney among senior citizens.

Romney leads Obama 57%-40% among white voters, the poll says.

Obama tops Romney 56%-40% among voters making less than ,000 per year, with Romney holding a 52%-47% edge among those making more than ,000 per year.

The poll also indicates geographical divides, with the president leading in the Northeast, Midwest, and urban areas, and Romney ahead in the South, West, and suburban and rural areas.

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