GALLUP: Obama’s Lead Over Romney Shrinks After Poor Debate Performance
President Obama maintained his three point lead over Mitt Romney, according to Gallup’s Sunday tracking poll. However, President Obama’s poor performance in the debate did reduce his lead over Romney from five points to just three.
Here is how Obama is fairing among polls that matter:
So, no matter which poll you believe, it is a given that President Obama has lost a great deal of ground by not performing well in the debates.
In addition, Obama’s overall approval rating, which had been at 50 percent, fell to 48 percent after the debate with Romney. Traditionally, presidents who go into an election with a below 50 percent approval rating don’t win reelection.
More important than general numbers though is that Romney’s numbers have surged in swing states. A We Ask America poll has Romney leading by two points in Florida, although this pollster tends to trend Republican. The race has also tightened in Virginia, with a recent poll showing Obama behind by a point there.
A poll released Friday by Rasmussen, which also skews Republican, also shows the president clinging to a 1-point lead in Ohio.
Of course, there is no way to predict the outcome of this election, but if Obama does lose, he may be able to track his loss back to his awful debate performance. Over 60 million people watched Obama fall flat on his face, and behave as if he didn’t even want to be on the stage with Romney. Obama supporters are surely hoping that Obama’s shoddy debate performance didn’t seal the deal with undecided voters.
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