The PJ Tatler

Fox Poll: Romney in Dead Heat with Obama

You know who this helps? Yeah, it helps Romney.

In a potential Obama-Romney election, 46 percent of voters would back Obama and 45 percent Romney if the election were held today. The president’s narrow advantage is well within the poll’s three percentage-point margin of sampling error.

And behind those numbers is a striking contrast: 74 percent of Obama backers say they are voting “for” him rather than “against Romney” (21 percent). Yet for Romney, his support is mainly anti-Obama. Fifty-eight percent of Romney voters say they would be voting “against Obama” rather than “for Romney” (33 percent).

Click here for full Fox News poll results.

Each candidate receives strong backing from their party faithful. Eighty-eight percent of Democrats back Obama, and 86 percent of Republicans support Romney.

Independents break for Romney by 43-38 percent.

Obama is two points underwater in approval – 45-47 in this poll of likely voters. No one does as well against the president as Romney does at this point; the president is several points up on all of the other challengers. The poll’s margin of error is 3 points.