First Major Poll Since Debate Shows Romney Pulling Ahead
A new Pew Research Poll shows Mitt Romney's strong performance in the first Presidential debate has pushed him ahead of Barack Obama among likely voters. The survey taken October 4-7 gives the former Governor a 49%-45% lead over the incumbent President. 66% of those surveyed say Romney won last week's debate, the first of three debates to be held before the election.
The poll is significant in the fact it has consistently shown Romney trailing the Obama until now. A Pew Research poll in September showed Obama leading Romney 51%-43% among likely voters. Romney has also pulled even among registered voters, which is considered a less reliable metric since not all registered voters are necessarily likely to vote.
The survey was also taken while new economic data showed the nation's unemployment rate dropping to 7.8%, a sign that the candidate's head-to-head debate may be more of a factor in this election than positive economic news.
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