Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney leads the second edition of the ABC News/Washington Post tracking poll by the tiniest of margins, 48.5 percent to Obama’s 48.4 percent. Yesterday Obama lead the ABC/WaPo tracking poll 49 percent to Romney’s 48 percent. From ABC pollster Gary Langer:
Underscoring Obama’s challenges two weeks before Election Day, his job approval rating now stands at 49 percent among likely voters, its lowest since late September (48 percent) and trouble for him to the extent that the election is a referendum on his performance. Among previous incumbents, George W. Bush dipped to 50 percent among likely voters – but not lower – in the fall of his successful re-election campaign.
Moreover, likely voters now divide by 50-45 percent, Romney-Obama, in whom they trust to do a better job handling the economy. The 5-point gap, while not statistically significant, is its widest, again, since Aug. 25.