Final poll shows Obama, Romney tied at 47 percent

Alexi Gusso

 

The final POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground Tracking Poll shows President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney tied at 47 percent.

The national poll was conducted Sunday and Monday among 1,000 likely voters, according to POLITICO.

The previous poll was conducted last week and found the race tied at 48 percent. Throughout the polling series, the two candidates have stayed within the margin of error since the spring. 

Among those polled, 27 percent cited the economy as the most important issue. Government spending and the budget deficit came in second place at 16 percent.

Those polled thought Romney would better handle the issues of jobs and the federal budget with leads of 50 percent and 53 percent, respectively. 

Obama still holds leads in the areas of Medicare (51 percent), standing up for the middle class (54 percent), and foreign policy (51 percent).  

Obama leads by 16 percentage points in urban areas, while Romney leads by 22 percentage points in rural areas. 

The poll was conducted by the Tarrance Group and Lake Research Partners and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.