Pew Poll: Romney Takes the Lead

Debate performance pushes GOP candidate ahead of Obama

By InvestorPlace Staff

Just when things were looking bleak for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, along came the debates to throw him a lifeline. Romney convincingly beat a listless-looking Barack Obama last Wednesday, and now the polls are beginning to reflect Romney’s victory.

According to a Pew Poll done from October 4-7, Romney convincingly won the debate among voters polled by a 3-1 margin. He also received a boost in his likeability measures and on his ability to handle most political issues. Most importantly, though, he pulled into a statistical tie among registered voters and into the lead among likely voters on who they would vote for.

Among registered voters, 46% support Romney, with the same percentage supporting Obama. Among likely voters, Romney leads 49% to 45%. This is a substantial bump from Pew’s previous polls on September 12-16, where Romney trailed 51-42% among registered voters and 51-43% among likely voters.

Other interesting takeaways from the survey are that Romney is now seen more favorably than Obama (50% Romney, 49% Obama), the two candidates are tied for support among women voters where Obama once led by 18%, and GOP enthusiasm and support has grown markedly from September to October.

For more information on this poll, check out the Pew Research Center’s press release on the polling results.

— Benjamin Nanamaker, InvestorPolitics Editor

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