Mitt Romney Close Behind Obama After Debate, Poll Shows

Mitt Romney and his wifeBy Alina Selyukh

WASHINGTON, Oct 7 (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney stayed within striking distance of President Barack Obama in a Reuters/Ipsos poll on Sunday, two-points behind the Democrat for the third straight day after winning last week's debate in Denver.

The online survey found 47 percent of likely voters saying they would vote for Obama and 45 percent for Romney if the Nov. 6 election were held now. That solidifies an improvement by the Republican who had trailed his opponent by six points in the same daily poll going into the debate.

"Romney's performance in the debate I think has improved his share of the vote for now ... It's a significant change from where we were a couple of weeks ago," said Ipsos pollster Julia Clark.
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Mitt Romney581 (61.9%)
Barack Obama335 (35.7%)
Undecided23 (2.4%)

But the upside for Romney from the debate, the first of three with Obama this month, appears limited.

"I would say that if the debate was a game-changer, we would see Romney continue to make gains," she said. "He's narrowed the race but he doesn't seem to be overtaking Obama."

The division among likely voters was exactly the same in the rolling poll on Saturday and 46 percent to 44 percent on Friday.

Fifty-five percent of registered voters thought Romney did better at the debate, where he was aggressive in attacking the White House's economic record. Obama's muted performance at the podium received approval from less than 25 percent.

The pool of voters Obama and Romney are fighting for is narrowing.

In Sunday's poll, 8 percent of registered voters said they have already voted early in person or by absentee ballot, while 84 percent said they have "definitely" decided which candidate to vote for, leaving only 16 percent saying they may change their mind. And even fewer will actually do so, Clark said.

In a positive move for Obama's campaign, however, Friday brought a surprisingly strong report on U.S. employment. On Saturday, the campaign announced raising $181 million in September - a record so far for the 2012 election.

But Clark said the polls are unlikely to reflect the more positive jobs report.

"Americans don't change their views on how things are doing economically based on jobs numbers," but focus on their personal experience, she said.

This week, the focus of the campaign shifts to the debate on Thursday between Vice President Joe Biden and the Republican nominee to replace him, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan.

The precision of Reuters/Ipsos polls is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, the poll has a credibility interval of plus or minus 2.7 percentage points for registered voters and 2.9 points for likely voters. It was conducted Oct. 3-7.

The poll interviewed 1,745 registered voters and 1,490 likely voters over the previous four days.

(Editing by Alistair Bell and Vicki Allen)

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dus48

well hope that our cash strapped farmers will get some help.we have bailed the entire nation.these are people who work very hard for the american people also they supply food overseas.we need to think about helping them.

October 10 2012 at 11:30 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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t_trevor1

1) Farmers, like everyone else, work for their own benefit.

2) Is someone stopping you from helping farmers, or do you just not care?

October 10 2012 at 12:22 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
ha6ai

Typical Reuters (and AOL/HuffPuff) Obama propaganda. The polls show Romney ahead.

For anyone who wants to watch Romneys FABULOUS Foreign Policy speech:
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1012/82145.html

October 09 2012 at 3:48 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
kafienkarl

Would enjoy watching Romney debate Romney. The guy lies through his teeth.

October 09 2012 at 1:02 AM Report abuse -6 rate up rate down Reply
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cpo1514

How about the Occupant and Bite-me debate.... ??????? Different ends of the same rope????

October 09 2012 at 7:48 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
kafienkarl

Listening to Romney from past video talking about being a hunter. What a joke. The guy joined the NRA in 2006 for election/endorsement purposes. Obama did absolutely nothing to gun owners. Romney on the otherhand banned (assault) guns and upped gun registration fees four times. Romney the opportunistic phony. I can see why many conservative Republican didn't care for him. What did Gingrich call Romney oh yah "liar".

October 09 2012 at 12:34 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
democracks0

Obamites think that whatever is said on Fox News is gospel.

Dopes!

October 08 2012 at 10:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
democracks0

teapartyiswhacke
I got that from fox news. Republicans can't argue with fox news.

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What a simple minded dopey Obamite.

October 08 2012 at 10:52 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
democracks0

Obamas a fiasco

October 08 2012 at 10:50 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
t_trevor1

It's "“the worst thing that has ever happened anywhere”:

http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/msnbc-debate-fallout/1419929/

October 08 2012 at 10:37 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Beebie

Well I'll say Romney is a total embarassment to me. I served in Nam in 68-69 and was wounded in the leg. Though Romney was for the war yet was against the protesters then. Sure the war was wrong but when your poor you have no choice but to serve. Romney being the draft dodging S.B. that he is sat back while the poor kids were there fighting for the likes of him. Now I suppose I'm considered one of those 47%ers who is not worth a damn. When I returned home I returned to my job and worked there until my retirement which I am now receiving social security and soon medicare hopefully. Watching him today made me want to cry for it is guys like this that I served my country and for what? It was a few weeks ago at the R.N.C. that Romney had no compassion within to say thanks to our service men and women of today. It was the Republicans who just a few weeks ago rejected a bill in Congress to help returning G.I.'s find work upon returning home. Though our President is much younger (different times and circumstances) I do credit him for his appreciative remarks that he has given to our fighting men and women as well as all the efforts that Mrs. Obama has shown as well. The President has kept his word; Bin Laden is dead, Bush's unjust war in Iraq is over, and Afghanistan is coming to an end. Then one might question the unjust war in Iraq? A war that the American people were lied to by a man who enlisted in the reserves to avoid Nam as well. Not to mention how D. Cheney and his old company "Halibuton" profitted in Iraq at the expense of American lives. Once again, four-yrs. later we could be looking at a repeat in history with only the names being changed as well as the company; "Bain."
So this is the American Dream?

October 08 2012 at 7:56 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
t_trevor1

"It's Not My Fault" doesn't seem to be quite as effective of a bumper sticker as was "Yes We Can"

October 08 2012 at 3:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply