New poll shows White House race in dead heat

  • With 48 hours to go until Election Day, the race for the White House is tied with both U.S. President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney sitting at 48 percent support among likely voters.

    The latest ABC News/Washington Pot survey also indicates that even independents, whose decision could give an advantage to one of the candidates are now evenly divided at 46 percent for Obama and Romney.

    Even the candidates' likability ratings, where the Democratic incumbent had maintained a wide lead have evened out.

    Fifty-four percent of likely voters favor Obama compared to 53 percent for Romney.

    However, the candidates have fared accordingly among various social and ethnic groups.

    Obama leads among women by a margin of 6 percent while Romney leads among men by 7 percent.

    Whites favor Romney by a margin of 20 per cent and Obama leads by a 59 percent margin among non-whites.

    Meanwhile, young adults chose Obama by a 25 percent margin while seniors favored Romney by 12 percent.

    The survey had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.