Washington: A new poll puts US President Barack Obama and his Republican rival, Mitt Romney dead even in their race for the White House on the eve of their final televised debate.
Sunday's survey, by NBC News and The Wall Street Journal, showed the candidate were tied among likely voters with 47 per cent each.
In the new survey, President Obama, however, was leading Mr Romney 49 per cent to 44 per cent among the wider pool of all registered voters.
But the poll also showed improved voter confidence in Mr Romney.
A total 47 per cent of registered voters said they were either optimistic and confident, or satisfied and hopeful, that Mr Romney would do a good job as president. The figure marks a five-point increase since the last NBC/WSJ poll.
President Obama's rating stood unchanged at 50 per cent on this question.
Mr Romney has also narrowed a gap on the public perception of his abilities as commander-in-chief. On that issue he now trails President Obama by just three points -- 44 per cent to 41 per cent.
In the previous poll, the president had an eight-point edge on this question.
The poll, conducted on October 17-20 among 1,000 registered voters and 816 likely voters, had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.
In the previous national NBC/WSJ poll, conducted before the debate season began, the president held a three-point lead over his Republican challenger -- 49 per cent to 46 per cent.
Story first published:
October 22, 2012 07:58 IST