Two new measures today suggest a settling of the bounce that Republican Mitt Romney found in opinion polls following his performance in debate against President Barack Obama one week ago.
Gallup’s daily tracking today shows a stall in Romney’s gains by two yard-sticks:
The daily tracking survey of likely voters taken Oct. 3-9, starting with the day of the debate, shows the race tied at 48 percent support for each candidate. Romney led, by49 percent to 47 percent, in Gallup’s first survey of likely voters released yesterday.
Its measure of registered voters today reports Obama ahead, by 50 percent to 45 percent, up from 49 percent to 46 percent a day earlier.
The president’s job approval also has gained a notch, to 53 percent.
The debate wasn’t all that happened last week. The jobless rate dipped to 7.8 percent, the lowest since the start of Obama’s presidency.
The daily gain is within the polls’ overall margin of error of 2 percentage points, a survey of 3,050 voters conducted over seven days.
Gallup says its daily polling Oct. 7 and Oct. 8 showed Obama ahead, by 50 percent to 45 percent, among registered voters, the same as during the pre-debate period of Sept. 30-Oct. 2. The two were tied at 47 percent among registered voters during the immediate post-debate period, Oct. 4-6.
“It certainly seems as if the initial boost Romney received is less evident in the last several days of interviewing,” said Frank Newport, Gallup editor-in-chief.