Second Presidential Debate: Polls Show Stakes Are High

President Obama and Mitt Romney will get a second chance to face-off.
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Transcript for Second Presidential Debate: Polls Show Stakes Are High
The race for the white house now, "your voice, your vote." A brand new poll shows just how high the stakes will be when the president and mitt romney face off tomorrow in the second debate. Jake tapper is here with the latest. The top line has barely budged. Mitt romney helped himself in the debate. Reporter: The phew poll shows the race remains tight. Obama is edging romney within three percentage points. That's within the margin of error. His supporters are more excited for the first time than obama's. Hello, hello, everybody. I brought food. Reporter: The president spent most of the weekend in williamsburg, virginia. Preparing for tuesday's high stakes debate. How is the debate prep going? It's going great. Reporter: Pundits are saying it had better be going great. If obama has one more debate as bad as the first one, he's in trouble. Let him be the senator and accounted he was in 2008 and he'll do beautifully. Mr. President, you're exciteled to your own airplane and house, but not your own facts. Reporter: Strong enthusiasm is up for romney supporters dramatically. He also now numerically leads the president in strong supporter enthusiaenthusiasm. Not good firsts for the president. One silver lining for mr. Obama, the percentage of registered voters who say the country is on the wrong track is at its lowest level in three years. Another new poll has romney up 50% to 48% across ten battleground states. As the nation looks forward to the next debate, "saturday night live" had some fun with the last one with the vice presidential candidates. I'm sorry, with all due respect, this is a bunch of malarkey. A bunch of malarkey? Yeah. What does that mean? Uh, it's irish. No, no, irish is I come over there and smack that dumb look off your face. Hey, do I sound like jim lehrer? On the lighter side of our poll, we asked voters to look at attributes in a different way. Who would you rather have as captain of a ship in a storm? Obama was up 12 weeks ago, now he's up four. He's now up on who would you like to baby sit your kids? Perhaps because his debate performance was so soothing. What kind of prep are they doing? He needs to be more aggressive. He doesn't want to risk alienating people by seeming too negative and too much on the attack. They're doing intense prep. Anita dunn is playing the role of candy crowley. They're preparing lines of attack. Diane sawyer and I will have live coverage of the second presidential debate tomorrow right here on abc. Let's get to josh for the

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