Romney May Be Victim of Unrealistic Expectations

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Mitt Romney participates in a presidential debate with President Barack Obama at the University of Denver.

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney did so well in his first debate  that registered voters now expect him to go toe-to-toe with with President Barack Obama tomorrow, according to a Pew Research Center poll out today.

The poll found 41 percent of voters saying they think Obama will do a better job in tomorrow’s debate in Hempstead, New York, a mere four points more than the 37 percent who said the same of Romney. That matches the poll’s margin of error of 4 percentage points. Before the first debate, 51 percent said Obama would do better to just 29 percent for Romney.

The pressure, then, is on Romney to match his performance earlier this month, which has led to a surge in opinion polls, including Pew’s.

Among those who watched the vice-presidential debate, 47 percent said Vice President Joe Biden did a better job and 46 percent chose Republican nominee Paul Ryan. That’s also with the margin of error.

The survey was conducted Oct. 12-14 among 857 registered voters.

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