A week ago, a poll by the Pew Research Center showed Barack Obama and Mitt Romney tied at 47 percent each among likely voters.
But Pew’s FINAL NATIONAL POLL, released just today, gives Obama a three-point advantage. And the difference might be attributable to Hurricane Sandy:
Obama’s handling of the storm’s aftermath may have contributed to his improved showing. Fully 69% of all likely voters approve of the way Obama is handling the storm’s impact. Even a plurality of Romney supporters (46%) approve of Obama’s handling of the situation; more important, so too do 63% of swing voters.
And then there’s this:
[A] much greater percentage of Obama supporters than Romney supporters are voting for him rather than against his opponent (80% for Obama vs. 60% for Romney), another historical indicator of likely victory. And far more registered voters expect an Obama victory than a Romney victory on Nov. 6 (52% vs. 30%).
Pew also says that Romney, while still leading among older voters, has lost ground with that group in the past week.
It should be remembered, of course, that the national numbers in this and other polls don’t necessarily reflect the race for electoral votes in the various states.