President Barack Obama and Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney are virtually tied among Long Island voters,
according to a Siena College/Newsday poll.
Romney, a former governor of Massachusetts and co-founder of the Bain Capital investment firm, leads slightly among likely
Nassau and Suffolk voters -- 47 percent to Obama's 45 percent. Seven percent of respondents said they were undecided or
refused to declare their pick, and 1 percent opted for a third-party candidate. The poll has a 3-point margin of error.
The national tracking polls on Friday showed some improvement for President Obama. He made gains in the surveys published
by Rasmussen Reports, Investors’ Business Daily, Gallup and Public Policy Polling, while losing ground only in the online
survey published by the RAND Corporation.
Both the favorable trend toward Mr. Obama in the Gallup poll and the unfavorable one for him in the RAND poll might be
regarded as examples of reversion to the mean, since both polls had been outliers relative to the consensus.
Still, it was among the better days of national polling for Mr. Obama since the Denver debate. On average between the six
daily tracking polls and two other national surveys that were published on Friday, Mr. Obama held a nominal lead over Mitt
Romney of one-half a percentage point. The median, which reduces the weight given to potential outliers, had Mr. Obama up
by 1.4 percentage points instead.
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