ABC News tracking poll – Oct. 31 – Storm doesn't change dynamics of race

ABC News tracking poll – Oct. 31 – Storm doesn't change dynamics of race
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign event at the University of Miami, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in Coral Gables, Fla. (AP Photo/El Nuevo Herald, Hector Gabino)

Even though both Republicans and Democrats are giving President Barack Obama high marks for his response to Superstorm Sandy, it hasn't appeared to change the dynamics of the race, according to Wednesday's ABC News/Washington Post tracking poll.

Democrat Obama and his Republican rival, former governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney are exactly tied at 49 percent among likely voters.

Among those interviewed, 78 percent said Obama's response to the storm was "excellent or good." Sixty-three percent of Republicans polled gave Obama a positive review for his handling of the storm while 80 percent of Democrats viewed the president's response positively.

But the poll found that at least 90 percent of the likely voters who identify with a party support their respective candidate, making the outcome of the election likely to be determined by independents.