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Romney leads Obama in post-debate Pew poll

Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney leads US President Barack Obama among likely voters after a strong showing in last week’s debate, a new Pew Research Center poll showed Monday, with Romney now favoured by 49 percent to Obama's 45 percent.


US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s strong performance in last week’s debate helped him pull ahead of President Barack Obama, a Pew Research Center poll showed on Monday.

Likely voters favoured Romney in the presidential race by 49 percent to Obama’s 45 percent, while Romney and Obama were even at 46 percent favourability among registered voters, the Pew Center said. Romney had trailed Obama by nine points among likely voters in September.


Other polls also found that Romney got a bump from last week’s debate, the first of three presidential debates, but most showed Obama retaining the lead.

A Reuters/Ipsos poll on Sunday, for example, found 47 percent of likely voters saying they would vote for Obama and 45 percent for Romney if the Nov. 6 election were held now.

The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press survey of 1,511 adults, including 1,201 registered voters, conducted Oct. 4-7 found that voters by almost three to one said Romney did a better job than Obama in the Oct. 3 debate.

“Romney is seen as the candidate who has new ideas and is viewed as better able than Obama to improve the jobs situation and reduce the budget deficit,” said Pew in a statement.

Romney’s favourable rating rose five percentage points in September to hit 50 percent among registered voters for the first time in Pew Research Center surveys, it said.

Romney also achieved gains over the past month among women, white non-Hispanics and those younger than 50, said Pew. It noted that likely women voters are now evenly divided at 47 percent each for Obama and Romney. Last month Obama led Romney by 18 points among women likely to vote.

Romney now ties Obama in being regarded as a strong leader and runs virtually even with the president in his perceived willingness to work with leaders of the other party. And by a 47 percent to 40 percent margin, voters pick Romney as the candidate who has new ideas, Pew also noted.

Conversely, Obama continues to hold the lead as the candidate who connects well with ordinary people and takes consistent positions on issues. And Obama leads by 10 points (49 percent to 39 percent) as the candidate who takes more moderate positions on issues.

This week, the focus of the campaign shifts to the debate on Thursday between Vice President Joe Biden and the Republican nominee looking to replace him, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan.

(France24 with wires)

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