Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney pulled dead even with President Obama in three days of Gallup polling among registered voters taken after Wednesday’s presidential debate, compared with a 5-point advantage for Mr. Obama in the three days leading up to it.
Mr. Obama and Mr. Romney are tied at 47 percent apiece in surveys conducted from Oct. 4 to 6. Mr. Obama held a 50 percent to 45 percent lead from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2.
The poll includes three days before the Oct. 3 debate, the night of the debate, and three days after the debate. Gallup’s traditional seven-day rolling average shows Mr. Obama with a 3-point lead, 49 percent to 46 percent, as of Saturday interviewing.
Two-thirds of Americans whom Gallup surveyed in the two days following the debate said they watched it, with an overwhelming 72 percent of people saying Mr. Romney won, compared with 20 percent who thought Mr. Obama won. Even Democrats gave a 10-point edge to Mr. Romney, at 49 percent to 39 percent, and independents favored the former Massachusetts governor 70 percent to 19 percent.
Mr. Romney’s 52-point gap is the largest margin in a debate-reaction poll Gallup has measured, besting President Clinton’s 42-point win over President George H.W. Bush in a town-hall-style debate in 1992.