With the nation's attention firmly on Hurricane Sandy and its destructive wake, only a handful of polls were released Tuesday. How many polls, and how effective they will be, as millions of people cope with recovering from the superstorm without power, is impossible to predict. One major pollster has already announced they will cease polling operations for the foreseeable future, and others could follow. Both Governor Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama have canceled campaign appearances in the aftermath of the storm.
A new poll of Florida conducted by Survey USA found Obama and Romney tied at 47 percent each. The poll surveyed 595 likely voters with a 4.1 percent margin of error. Romney has won almost every poll of Florida in October, but recent polls may show the race tightening. Of the last three polls, the candidates each won one by a single point, and tied in the third.
Romney has a comfortable lead in Georgia, where he has won every poll of the campaign so far. A Survey USA poll found the governor with an eight point advantage, 52-44 percent. The poll of 574 likely voters had a 4.2 percent margin of error. The only other poll of Georgia this month also found Romney with an eight-point lead.
A poll by the Oregonian shows Obama ahead in Oregon. The poll found Obama with a six-point lead over Romney, 47-41 percent. The poll surveyed 405 likely voters with a 5 percent margin of error. Obama has won every poll of Oregon this election cycle.
Massachusetts remains solidly in Obama's column. A poll by Suffolk University and 7 News found the president with a 32 point lead, 63-31 percent. The survey of 600 likely voters had a 4 percent margin of error. Obama has won every poll of Massachusetts so far, and leads by a double-digit average.
Gallup announced it was suspending polling activities due to Hurricane Sandy. In a statement released on its website, Gallup Editor-in-Chief Frank Newport wrote, "Gallup has suspended polling for its daily tracking as of Monday night and will reassess on a day-to-day basis. The ultimate effect on the overall picture of polling between now and this weekend, including election polling, will depend on what happens as a result of the storm, about which we will have a better understanding of on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week."
Two national polls were released Tuesday. The latest Rasmussen Three Day Tracking Poll gave Romney a two point edge, 49-47 percent. A snapshot poll taken by NPR found Romney up by only a single point, 48-47 percent.
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