Republican Mitt Romney has drawn even with President Barack Obama among registered voters (the two tied at 46 percent) and has gained a four percentage-point edge among likely voters.
Romney had trailed Obama by nine points among registered voters in Pew’s poll in September and trailed by eight points among likely voters last month.
Like a river, a debate ran through the numbers.
The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press was conducted Oct. 4-7 — the four days following the first of the season’s presidential debates in Denver. They survey of 1,201 registered voters and1,112 likely voters found that, by a three to one margin, most said Romney did better than Obama in the debate.
Following the debate, Romney’s personal image has improve. Pew reports that his favorable rating reached 50 percent among registered voters for the first time in the organization’s surveys and has risen five points since September. At the same time, Obama’s personal favorability rating has fallen from 55 to 49 percent in Pew’s polls.
Romney has made sizable gains over the past month among women voters, white non-Hispanics and those younger than 50. Currently, women are evenly divided (47 percent for Obama, 47 percent for Romney). Last month, Obama led Romney by 18 points (56 percent to 38 percent) among women likely voters.
The survey of likely voters has a 3.4 percentage point possible margin of error.