Mitt Romney scored the biggest presidential debate win in history last week, according to a new poll released by Gallup Monday morning. Moreover, in three days of post-debate polling, he is tied with President Barack Obama in the race for the White House.Gallup found that by a 72 per cent to 20 per cent margin, voters thought Romney did a better job during the debate than Obama. Independents gave Romney a big win — he won 70-19 among unaffiliated voters. And by a 10-point margin, even Democrats said that Romney won.
The 52-point overall gap between Romney and Obama accounts for the biggest debate wallop Gallup has ever found, managing editor Jeffrey M. Jones wrote:
Gallup has assessed opinion on who did better in most past presidential debates; some of these polls were conducted the night of the debate with pre-recruited samples of debate watchers immediately after it concluded, and some were conducted with more general samples of Americans in the days that followed the debate. Across all of the various debate-reaction polls Gallup has conducted, Romney’s 52-point win is the largest Gallup has measured. The prior largest margin was 42 points for Bill Clinton over George H.W. Bush in the 1992 town hall debate.
Romney and Obama are tied at 47-47 in three days post-debate polling, but the Gallup tracking method measures the average of the past seven days. In Gallup’s average, Obama still leads by 3 points.
Obama and Romney still have two more debates — next Tuesday at Hofstra University in New York and on Oct. 22 in Boca Raton, Fla. Vice President Joe Biden and Republican VP nominee Paul Ryan will debate this Thursday.
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