Gallup Tracking Shows Tightening Race Post-Debate

Oct 8, 2012 12:14pm

After weeks of widening margins in the battleground states and nationally,  polling in the presidential race shows  the race tightening again.

The latest Gallup tracking poll conducted in the three days immediately following last week’s first presidential debate between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama shows the race  tied — with each candidate currently garnering 47 percent support among registered voters. Tracking conducted in the two days leading up to the debate  showed President Obama with a five point lead – 50 percent to Mitt Romney’s 45 percent.

No polls  that ABC News considers air worthy have yet been released in the battleground states.

The reason for the narrowing  race, at least on the natinoal level, seems certainly linked  to Romney’s stronger debate performance. When Gallup  polled those who viewed the Oct. 3 debate between the two presidential candidates, 72 percent said Romney had won, while  20 percent pronounced Obama the victor.

Romney’s win among viewers was the largest margin that Gallup had ever measured.

The next debate on the schedule is the vice presidential face-off  between Joe Biden and GOP candidate Paul Ryan on  Thursday, Oct. 11. ABC News’  Martha Raddatz will moderate.


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