Presidential Polls 2012: Obama Up by One in PPP Survey

Another presidential poll reveals what most national polls are showing: the presidential race is deadlocked. Going into the final weekend before the election, Public Policy Polling released its latest results, showing President Obama only up by one.

Obama is leading former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney 49 to 48 percent, according to PPP, which conducted interviews between Tuesday and Thursday night among 1,200 likely voters. The margin of error is +/-2.8 percent.

"We've been running this poll for almost three weeks now and neither candidate has ever led by more than 2 points in our three day rolling average," said Dean Debnam, president of Public Policy Polling, in a statement. "It's going right down to the wire, but Barack Obama does seem to have received a small boost in the last few days."

The slight bounce for Obama may be attributed to his response to Hurricane Sandy this week. Compared to a week ago, his approval rating went up a net three points, PPP revealed.

Among independents, Obama has gained some support over the last week and is now at 45 percent while Romney has 48 percent of their support, PPP reported.

Romney largely has the white vote, 59 to 38 percent, while Obama is leading with African Americans, 91 to 5 percent, and Hispanics, 69 to 29 percent.

Obama holds the advantage with young voters with 58 percent supporting him, compared to 38 percent for Romney.

All eyes are on the swing states these last days as both candidates campaign in battleground states.

Real Clear Politics shows Obama with a slight lead in most swing states, except Florida, North Carolina, and Virginia.

Conservative evangelical Ralph Reed is making a major push in Ohio, placing voter guides in churches throughout the state. The guides describe where the candidates stand on issues such as abortion. Obama supports abortion on demand, the guide states.

Reed believes Romney is closing in on Obama in Ohio. "The question is, did he close with enough time left? Or is too little, too late?" he said, as reported by CNN.

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