Poll: Romney and Obama tied after first debate
October 8th, 2012
07:35 AM ET
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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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soundoff (93 Responses)
  1. demwit

    Whats the difference between a registered voter and a likely voter? Does it matter and why do I have to ask??

    October 8, 2012 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  2. weeDoggie

    The Rombot's main case is tax reform, but not only does not want you to see his taxes, he won't let you what tax deductions you are going to lose. It's basic math people. He claims his plan is revenue neutral...meaning he make up tax cuts in tax deductions. Well, if you giving me $20 bucks in one hand while you are picking $20 bucks out of my back pocket with the other, you are not doing me any favors. It does not add up. Where's the extra money I'm suppose to have to put into the the economy. It's the same pixie dust economic crap they've been selling for 40 years. WAKE UP PEOPLE!

    October 8, 2012 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  3. Don't Waste Time on NOBAMA

    Romney 2012!! 2016 – Hillary vs Romney!!!

    October 8, 2012 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  4. Shigty

    Go Romney!!

    October 8, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  5. Anonymous

    So dead even if Obama still 4 pts up?

    October 8, 2012 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  6. les

    yes romney who the debate,but does it make him truthfull

    October 8, 2012 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  7. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    During the first presidential debate, Romney said that his economic plan is like no other and that his economic plan has never been tried before. Well, actually Romney's economic plan has been tried before and that is why Massachussetts was 47th in job growth, many American companies bankrupt and our jobs shipped overseas. Romney also said he can fix the economy but how can a CEO who couldn't grow jobs as Governor in ONE state going to be able to grow jobs in 50 states? Perhaps he knows arithmatic.

    October 8, 2012 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  8. pat pat

    I don't really like Romney, but out of the two, he is the lesser evil for our country at this point. Obama would further sink this country if given 4 more years.

    October 8, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  9. Alina77

    After "lethargic" performance from Obama, he still leading in the polls.. I guess people want Obama to win, so don't f..up again OB.

    October 8, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  10. robnnorl

    I'm sorry CNN, there is NO WAY that I believe that this election is that close. You may want it to be close, but I have no doubt that is made up BS from the media.

    October 8, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  11. wolfpackbob

    It is The Economy, Mr. President. Your Economy, Mr. President. You built that.

    October 8, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  12. Rick

    It comes down to electorial votes...period!

    October 8, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  13. kelvin

    romney will keep going up in the polls. All obama could do is lie as romney made obama eat the facts...

    October 8, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  14. Ty'Quan

    Thank you President Romney for showing how a leader acts who understands the economy and has a solid understanding of how to get us back on track. The disaster of this Obamaeconomy will be over soon!

    October 8, 2012 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  15. Bill2000

    Seriously how much are you guys gonna hype this stuff?
    A not so great debate performance decides an election, all the positions of the candidates/ substance out the window?
    Americans are dumb to believe the media hype!

    October 8, 2012 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  16. Irma in north carolina

    How can anybody believe anything Mitt says any more,? How can he run on a buch of lies is beyond me?

    October 8, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  17. Mike in NH

    Romney had a comand of the facts and figures at the deabte, he gives you confidence that he can finally pull the economy out of the ditch instead of just spinning the tires into the mud with ineffective and debt laden programs.

    A former Huntsman supporter; Ronmney now has my vote.

    October 8, 2012 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  18. saftgek

    The trending of the presidential campaign, like the campaign itself, is frighteningly telling of how incapable so many voters are.

    For a large sector of our population to see what is glaringly apparent regarding Fmr. Gov. Romney, and continue to support his candidacy, is beyond sad. The man has lived a life of elitism, holding himself above others. He has driven a financial machine that cared no one whit about employees of the businesses he destroyed. And, people support him and his candidacy.

    Fmr. Gov. Romney and his running mate constantly espouse their commitment to their religious faith. Coincidental to those claims, they both break the "Bear False Witness" Commandment everytime they speak about President Obama and the Administration.

    Now, because his handlers have demanded he grow a personality and humanness (which he has lacked his entire life), Fmr. Gov. Romney's numbers are coming up. Fmr. Gov. Romney has – over the past week plus – donned a cloak of deception. He and his handlers are taking advantage of the ignorance and racism of the Right and Far Right. This is where the support for Fmr. Gov. Romney is based.

    There are two leading reasons why Fmr. Gov. Romney is a step away from the White House: 1) lack of objective thought, and/or 2) racist-driven desire to purge the White House of a black man who is not a servant.

    Our country is in a sad, sorry, and frightening state. For Fmr. Gov. Romney to be remotely close to being elected is an embarrassment for our country to the world. Pity!

    October 8, 2012 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
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