In a shocking one-month swing, Mitt Romney stormed into the lead over President Barack Obama in a new Pew Research poll conducted after Romney’s consensus victory in the first presidential debate.The poll finds a 12-point swing among likely voters. In Pew’s last poll, conducted in the middle of September, Obama led Romney 51-43 among likely voters. Now, Romney leads 49-45.
The shift is due to Romney shoring up key areas of strength among likely voters and improving his overall image, much of which can be attributed to his strong debate performance. 60-six per cent of voters thought Romney won the debate, compared with just 20 per cent who said Obama won. Among Independents, Romney won by an astounding 78-14 margin.
Romney’s overall favorability rating climbed 5 points from September and hit 50 per cent for the first time ever in Pew’s survey. Notably, he bests Obama, whose favorability rating has dropped from 55 per cent to 49 per cent.
He also has boosted his standing with voters on the economy and jobs. He now leads Obama by 8 points on which candidate would best “improve the job situation.” Last month, Obama led Romney by a point in that category.
Romney also saw significant gains among women. Last month, women preferred Obama by an astounding 18 points. Now, they are equally split between both candidates at 47 per cent apiece.
The poll sampled 36 per cent Republicans, 31 per cent Democrats and 30 per cent Independents. It’s notable because most polls over the past two years have found higher samples of Democrats, leading to recent charges of bias and so-called “unskewing” of results.
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