Republican nominee Mitt Romney took his biggest lead yet in today’s Gallup daily tracking poll, expanding his lead over President Barack Obama to an astounding 6 points among likely voters. Today’s results reflect polling from last Wednesday through yesterday, so there is no data in the aftermath of last night’s debate, which went much better for the president.
But Romney also took a 2-point lead among registered voters, a measure that has been more favourable to the president in Gallup’s polling. That means Romney has swung the race 7 points in that measure — before the first debate, Obama led Romney by 5 points among registered voters.
On Tuesday, Romney led Obama 50-46 among likely voters, hitting the crucial 50-per cent mark for the first time in the race.
Obama’s approval rating stayed at 49 per cent, which is below the “safe” 50 per cent threshold for an incumbent’s re-election.
By Gallup’s historical standards, it would take a truly historical comeback at this point for Obama. Since Gallup started tracking in 1936, the only eventual president to mount a comeback down 6 points on Oct. 17 was Ronald Reagan. Reagan, however, was behind 6 points among registered voters.
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