Washington Post-ABC News Tracking Poll, Romney Within One … and Romney 52% to Obama’s 46% in 7 Swing States
The WAPO-ABC News Tracking poll has Mitt Romney within one point at at 49% to 48%. However, once again one has to question the poll sampling. This polls used a D34/R29/I33 or a +5D sampling. However, with all the suspect sampling, in the seven states designated as “toss-ups” by The Washington Post plus Ohio, it’s Romney 52% to Obama’s 46%.
But Romney now rivals Obama when it comes to dealing with international affairs and terrorism, leveling the playing field heading into Monday’s debate on foreign policy. Romney also runs about evenly with the president as voters’ pick who is the better commander-in-chief.
International affairs generally, and handling terrorism specifically, were once Obama strong points against the former Massachusetts governor, but voters now divide about evenly between the two. At the end of September, Obama held an 11 percentage point lead over Romney as the one voters trusted on terrorism — and killing Osama bin Laden is a mainstay on the Obama campaign trail. But now, 47 percent side with Obama on the issue, 46 percent with Romney.