Poll: Romney and Obama tied after first debate
October 8th, 2012
07:35 AM ET
6 years ago

Poll: Romney and Obama tied after first debate

Washington (CNN) - A new national poll suggests Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney got a bounce out of last week's first presidential debate.

According to Gallup's latest seven-day tracking poll, President Barack Obama has a slight 49%-46% edge over Romney among registered voters nationwide, which is within the survey's sampling error. But Gallup breaks down their poll into pre- and post- debate figures.

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The Gallup poll indicates that Obama held a 50%-45% advantage over Romney from September 30-October 2, the three days leading up to last Wednesday's presidential debate in Denver, Colorado. According to the survey, Romney and Obama were deadlocked at 47% each in the three days after the debate, from October 4-6.

The Gallup poll will be just one of a slew of national and state polls conducted after the debate that will be released this week.

The Gallup poll also indicates that 72% of people who watched the showdown say that the former Massachusetts governor did a better job in the debate, with only one in five saying the president had the better performance. The Gallup survey is in-line with a CNN/ORC International poll of debate watchers that was conducted and released right after last Wednesday's faceoff.

According to the Gallup poll, Republican debate watchers overwhelming thought that Romney performed better, with seven in ten independents agreeing. By a 49%-39% margin, Democrats who watched the debate also agreed that Romney had the better performance.

"The debate appears to have affected voters to some degree, given the narrowing of the race in the three days after the debate compared with the three days prior. Still, the impact was not so strong that it changed the race to the point where Romney emerged as the leader among registered voters," says a release by Gallup.

Most national polls of likely voters conducted by other organizations indicated a slight tightening of the race in the week leading up to last week's debate. Obama and Romney face off in two more debates, and Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan, the GOP running mate, hold their only debate this Thursday.

The Gallup poll was conducted by telephone, with 1,387 registered voters nationwide. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Polls • President Obama • Presidential Debates
soundoff (93 Responses)
  1. obama is Out Of Touch with reality

    but somehow the obamanites will hedge the numbers just like the jobs report, all lies from obama.

    October 8, 2012 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  2. x

    Ha ha ha ha ha. One point? Romney took his best shot and got one point.

    October 8, 2012 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  3. Victoria

    Romey is going to win. Mark. My. Words.

    October 8, 2012 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  4. Four and The Door

    Mitt Romney wins as long as voters are looking at the real issues. The debates do just that. They focus on the issues and give an overwhelming advantage to the one who commands them better. Mitt Romney. Every time.

    October 8, 2012 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  5. yasmine

    to me the polls did not change....looks like the same national numbers they had pre-debate....

    October 8, 2012 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  6. n

    Where is the tie, same difference as before with no apparent debate bump. You can spin Romney all you want, What the debate showed america was a lying slime-bucket of a candidate that Romney is and will always be. The dummying down of america is mostly dedicated to those right wing nuts who don't mind riding on top of the Romney clown car locked in a cage of lies.

    October 8, 2012 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  7. Name. Lewiis Davis, Jr.

    When will the people that are not racist see the real mitt. She flip flop constantly and hope the stupid nuts don't remember what he said. The man do not know any middle class nor does he care about them. The 47% is just another day bunch of people he hates.

    October 8, 2012 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  8. onlyfacts

    I don't know how you call telling a lie on each topic a win. Each candidate was asked to answer a few questions for the sole purpose of letting the viewer know where they stand, on the topic. Romney talked more than Obama, but anyone who has been following Romney's campaign the last 8 months knows he did not answer the questions truthfully. Obama didn't show up, but when he did speak he did not lie. Why would anyone want Romney to run this country.

    October 8, 2012 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  9. William R. Hill

    Any poll within the margin of error is useless. I can't believe enough voters are changing their minds in this perpetual polling process to make a difference. We'll find out on election day whether current polling technigues are reliable or just another political tool.

    October 8, 2012 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  10. William R. Hill

    What is the reason for this process and exactly who is doing the moderating?

    October 8, 2012 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  11. Name

    I am with Obama.

    October 8, 2012 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  12. Jefflz

    The so-called liberal media has allowed Romney to spew the most incredible lies without so much as a peep.

    October 8, 2012 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  13. charlie avila

    Obama will lose, 268 to 270 for romney!...this is god's will!....

    October 8, 2012 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  14. Joe

    Let's see if the Republicans claim these polls cannot be believed. Not that I take polls as fact or anything but I find it funny when economic data or poll numbers are not in their favor they must be false or tampered with.

    October 8, 2012 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  15. ljellis2000

    Mitt Romney is a bully, pure and simple, and feels he is invincible. He can write off whom he wants because of his arrogance that money will buy him this election. He never backed organized labor, minorities, the plight of inner cities with crime and poverty, and Romney sure is not going to start now - remember his 47% comment - he meant it folks!

    Romney looked Jim Lehrer right in the eye, pointed to him, and all but fired him, along with Big Bird, at the debate.

    The day after a Romney election people like me who have a federal high risk pool insurance plan will lose their health insurance and be faced with joining plans like what we have here in Ohio, what we had before the ACA was passed, called "Open-Enrollment" where monthly premiums for people age 55 and over can range from $800 to $2,100 a month as their only option for health insurance if they cannot obtain health insurance any other way.

    People get what they vote for; the only problem is that so do the rest of us. That is the only way I can sum up the aftermath of an election with a Romney win. I don't want to hear complaining when benefits are lost, because this guy promised what he would do and if people don't take him at his word, then a hard lesson will be learned. Only the very wealthy and healthy will survive intact with a Romney/Ryan win and if anyone else thinks that team is going to care about them; they are sadly mistaken.

    October 8, 2012 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  16. t y

    Let me get this straight – a 1% change in Romeny's favor is a "slight bump" yet when unemployment figures drop 0.03%, it's an incredible victory for Obama's policies?

    Keep twisting CNN.

    October 8, 2012 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  17. jefflz

    The so-called liberal media has allowed Romney to spout a web of lies without so much as a peep.

    October 8, 2012 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  18. max3333444555

    this isnt amazing. what was amazing was democratic partisans thinking that romney would not get a bounce after obama did so badly in the debate.

    October 8, 2012 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  19. Praise1God

    Polls don't matter in the end, President has no record to run. The strategy to portray that the other is much worse than him will back fire. I predict a decisive win for Romney and America. Go USA!

    October 8, 2012 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  20. joe

    Oh, what a surprise. Americans don't care if a candidate is blatantly lying to them so long as he looks good doing it.

    October 8, 2012 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  21. jinx88

    Its amazing what lying can do in front of 50 million people. Mittens is a flip flopper and always will be one. He may be moving more to the center now but if Mittens get elected you can bet he will move back to the right. Just remember the 47% comment when going to the polls.

    October 8, 2012 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  22. MrBeenThere

    Hope and Change vs FEAR. GLOOM, DOOM & WAR

    OBAMA 2012

    October 8, 2012 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  23. Yonni

    CNN what you will say when Obama and Romney actually tide in the poll. Romney is leading the poll? You must like this competition thing, I wonder why? The 3% advantage must come from the 47% pool who doesn't have value for Mitt therefore they don't count

    October 8, 2012 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  24. Eric

    The POTUS won't let Romney off the hook when he starts his lying next time...

    October 8, 2012 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  25. Yonni

    CNN what you will say when Obama and Romney actually tide in the poll. Romney is leading the poll? You must like this competition thing, I wonder why? The 3% advantage may have come from the 47% pool who doesn't have value for Mitt

    October 8, 2012 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
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