Based on his commanding debate performance, Republican Mitt Romney has erased President Obama's lead in the most recent days to pull into a tie among registered voters nationally in a brand-new Gallup Tracking Poll.
Gallup's standard tracking poll uses a seven-day rolling average, in this case, the night of the debate and three nights on either side. Obama enjoyed a four- to six-point lead during the three days before the Oct. 3 Denver debate. But in the three days after, that lead evaporated into a dead heat at 47% each.
The survey actually found two movements, that Romney's standing among voters had improved, while Obama's position had faded below half. The seven-day average gives Obama a diminished three-point lead, heading into the campaign's second debate week with but 29 days left. Tracking results this week will reveal the endurance of the Romney bounce.
Gallup's latest survey also found overwhelming agreement that Romney had by far the best debate, with 72% of all debate-watching respondents agreeing, regardless of their favored candidate. This included 49% of Democrats, 70% of independents and 97% of Republicans.
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