WASHINGTON — The latest poll by The Pew Research Center shows President Obama rebounding and edging ahead of Mitt Romney in the final days of the campaign, after the president’s favorability dropped significantly following his lackluster performance in the first debate last month.
Obama held a 48 percent to 45 percent lead over Romney, according to Pew’s national survey of likely voters last week. When undecided voters were taken into account in Pew’s final estimate of the national popular vote on Election Day, Obama maintained the lead at 50 percent to Romney’s 47 percent. The uptick is significant given that a week ago, before the destruction wrought by Hurricane Sandy along the East Coast, the candidates were deadlocked at 47 percent each. Pew researchers attribute Obama’s growth in popularity in part to how he handled the storm’s aftermath, which earned a 69 percent approval rating among likely voters, including the majority of swing voters.