Final Presidential Debate 2012: Obama, Romney in a Dead Heat

ABC News/Washington Post poll shows President Obama with a narrow lead.
3:00 | 10/22/12

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As we come on the air the last debate, the final test. Which man is the strongest leader on the world stage? And there is the stage for the two candidates, the presidential candidates in boca raton, florida, and ready. They will be sitting near each other, very near each other as a new abc news/"washington post" poll shows they are in a dead heat. The numbers right there. With just 15 days to go until americans get to the poll, it's "your voice, your vote" and our team is on the ground in boca raton tonight. Abc's jake tapper leading us off, jake. Reporter: Good evening, diane. That's right. It is crunch time. This is the last chance both candidates have to deliver their messages directly to tens of millions of voters, unfiltered and as the new abc news/"washington post" indicates it is either man's to lose. President obama arrived in palm beach county this afternoon where skies are blue but a debate storm is brewing. Mitt romney seems to have some momentum, but our poll underscores a problem for him. One of the reasons this race remains so tight -- a majority of voters continues toty a president romney would favor the wealthy rather than the middle class. What he's selling is not a five-point plan. It's really just a one-point plan. Folks at the top get to play with a different set of rules than you do. Reporter: By contrast, 66% of voters think the president has done more to favor the middle class over the wealthy, and a majority says he better understands the economic problems people in this country are having. Though some good news for romney. Overall, he has a slight numerical edge in who voters trust to handle the economy. We cannot endure four more years, that's why we'll replace him in 18 days. Reporter: The president also highlights the largest gender gap we've seen in this election. The president has a 14-point lead among women. When it comes to issues critical to women, governor romney wants to take us to policies more suited to the 1950s. Reporter: Romney has a 12-point advantage among men. He took time out for debate prep to coach a flag football game in delray beach. Figure out which of the players are best and take them out early. Reporter: If only women voted it would turn it into a landslide. While if only men romney would cut a stomping swath of reagan-esque red. But the world doesn't look like that so that's why it's so close. One thing to keep in mind, the debates have helped mitt romney. Our poll indicates 37% of voters say they have a more favorable impression of mr. Romney because of his performance in the previous two debates.

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