There were 1,002 adults in this Washington Post Poll. Obama and Romney close in poll among likely voters - The Washington Post The Washington Post asked many questions in this 9/7/2012 poll one being : Q: Generally speaking, do you usually think of yourself as a Democrat 33% or 330 adults answered Republican 23% or 230 adults OR 100 less people were GOP! Independent 37% or 370 adults Studies show that 47% of Independents LEAN Democrat while only 34% of Independents lean GOP. that adds another 174 of the 370 identified "Independents " that LEAN democrat! All in all then there were at least 274 more people POLLED that would FAVOR Democrat over GOP! So that meant at least 27% MORE of the people polled were Democrats/Independents and answered to poll questions like this : Q: (Among likely voters) If the presidential election were being held today and the candidates were (Barack Obama, the Democrat) and (Mitt Romney, the Republican), for whom would you vote? 49% said they would vote for Obama 48% or Romney.. Obama, Romney run close among likely voters after conventions - The Washington Post THIS IS SO ENCOURAGING!!! If with an advantage of 27% MORE people polled being Democrat or Leaning Democrat, Obama ONLY got 49% of the votes???? Think what that means for the general election WHERE VOTING BOOTHS are secret.. people don't have to say who they will vote for!!!