Today, conservatives will be the main drivers of a poll from the liberal Daily Kos website, which finds that Mitt Romney has moved into his first lead over President Barack Obama after his historic debate victory. Romney leads Obama 49 per cent to 47 per cent in the poll, a shift from a 49-45 Obama lead before the debate.
“That’s a pretty disastrous six-point net swing in just a week, and the first time we’ve ever had Romney in the lead,” Daily Kos publisher Markos Moulitsas wrote along with the poll.
The poll — which was done by Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling — runs in line with other polls that have shown Obama’s lead collapsing in the aftermath of the debate, including a much-discussed Pew Research poll that found Obama trailing Romney by 4 points.
The PPP/Daily Kos survey finds that like Pew, a big gain among women is surging Romney into the lead. Obama led Romney by 15 points among women in the last PPP/Daily Kos survey. This week, his lead is only 6 points. Romney also saw a jump in base support and among Independents (3-point lead to 6-point lead).
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