FINAL RAS – AT 9:02 A.M. ET: Here is the final Rasmussen poll (well, almost) for this election:
The final Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll of Election 2012 shows Mitt Romney attracting support from 49% of voters nationwide, while President Obama earns the vote from 48%. Two percent (2%) prefer some other candidate.
Rasmussen Reports will continue tracking the president’s job approval rating and other topics, and new results will be updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern.
Rasmussen Reports figures include both those who have already voted and those likely to vote. Among those who have already voted, 43% are Democrats and 33% Republican. Among those expected to vote today, 39% are Republican and 37% Democrat. Overall, 39% of voters are projected to be Democrats and 37% Republicans. Both candidates do well within their own party, while Romney has a double-digit advantage among unaffiliated voters.
One key to the outcome on Election Day will be the racial and ethnic mix of the electorate. In 2008, approximately 74% of voters were white. Among those who have already voted, 67% are white. Among those expected to vote today, 77% are white. The actual turnout by various racial and ethnic groups is significant in terms of projecting a winner because Romney attracts 58% of the white vote, while Obama has a huge lead among non-white voters.
COMMENT: We alluded to that ethnic divide earlier. It is something to be healed. We will report later on Rasmussen's updates.
November 6, 2012