by InvestorPlace Staff | October 18, 2012 9:45 pm
If Barack Obama’s latest debate performance was going to juice his standing in the polls, well, it hasn’t quite happened yet.
Gallup released its latest poll today, showing that Mitt Romney now has a seven point lead nationally among likely voters.
Romney now leads Obama by a 52%-45% margin. Earlier Gallup polls, released on Oct. 9 and Tuesday, had Obama trailing by smaller margins — 50%-46% on Tuesday, and 49%-47% on Oct. 9.
Experts did caution though that one poll does not fully reflect the election current status. For instance, a Monday ABC News/Washington Post of likely voters had Obama leading 49%-46%, not Romney. And this Gallup poll doesn’t fully reflect the second debate’s influence yet. That will be more clear when Gallup releases its Oct. 23 poll.
Still, what looked like an almost certain win for Obama before the first presidential debate has become much more up in the air now, and this is reflected in several recent polls.
With a little over two weeks until election day, this race still appears neck-and-neck, but Romney could very well be pulling away.
– Benjamin Nanamaker, InvestorPolitics Editor
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