By James Paladino ( | First Posted: Oct 23, 2012 06:08 PM EDT

U.S. President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney greet members of the crowd after the conclusion of the final U.S. presidential debate in Boca Raton (Photo : Reuters)

The President maintains a small edge in predicted Electoral College votes, outpacing Romney 237 to 235, according to the daily Rasmussen presidential poll.

Rasmussen Poll

However, the swing states of Nevada, New Hampshire, Iowa, Colorado, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Ohio hold the remaining 66 that will decide who reaches the coveted 270 electoral votes needed to secure the presidency.

Tuesday's report was compiled before the third and final presidential debate concluded, meaning that the echoes of both candidate's performance were not fully felt in the following results.

On job performance, 49 percent of voters somewhat disapprove of Mr. Obama's performance, while 50 percent at least somewhat disapprove.

On the economy, 60 percent of voters trust their own judgment on financial issues more than Obama, and 57 trust their selves more than Romney. 42 percent of voters gave President Obama a good or excellent rating for handling the economy, leaving 45 percent who believe he is doing a poor job.

Nationwide, 26 voters Strongly Approve of Obama's performance as president, and 42 percent Strongly Disapprove.

Overall, Rasmussen puts Governor Romney in the lead nationwide, with 50 percent of the vote compared to Obama's 46.

Wall Street Journal/NBC Poll

The latest Wall Street Journal/NBC poll puts Obama and Romney at a dead heat, with both receiving 47 percent of the vote from likely voters. However, NBC reports that "among the wider pool of all registered voters in this new survey, Obama is ahead of Romney by five points, 49 percent to 44 percent."

In terms of voter optimism, 50 percent of voters are confident that Obama would do a good job as President in a second term, and 47 percent believe the same for Romney.

On favorability, Obama maintains a 49 percent favorable to 43 percent unfavorable ratio. Romney sits at a 43 percent favorable to 44 percent favorable ratio.

49 percent of voters approve of the President's handling of foreign policy, and 44 percent think he would be a better commander-in-chief, compared to Romney's 41 percent on the same question.

Economically, Romney leads Obama 46 percent to 39 percent on who would best deal with jobs and unemployment. Romney also holds a 48 to 35 percent lead on the federal budget deficit.

While voters think that Romney will be more capable of handling the economy and job creation, Obama leads in Medicare and women's issues.

The NBC/WSJ poll was conducted between Oct. 17 and Oct 20.


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