U.S. President Barack Obama, running for reelection, and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney are tied at 48 percent among the broad electorate, according to a survey published Sunday by the Washington Post.

Two days before the national election, the survey indicates that the two candidates are tied for the first time among independent voters at 46 percent.

Romney has a seven-point lead over Obama among men, while Obama is showing a six-point lead among women nationwide.

During a week dominated by Hurricane Sandy, 79 percent of the people surveyed said they felt the president's handling of the disaster was "good" or "excellent," which could provide him with a political advantage in the Nov. 6 election.

Overall, 50 percent of those surveyed approve of his actions in office, compared with 48 percent who disapprove.

In the economic area, Romney continues to lead by 3 points with 49 percent, although 50 percent of those surveyed say that Obama better understands the problems facing Americans, compared with 44 percent who say Romney does.

Nevertheless, according to the Post's figures, Obama would garner more votes in the Electoral College, which is the key metric for election-day calculations.

The survey was conducted between Oct. 30 and Nov. 2 and has an error margin of 3 percent. EFE