Oct 19, 2012 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits
Excerpted from The Hill: Mitt Romney lost 1 percentage point overnight in the closely watched Gallup daily tracking poll of likely voters.
Romney now leads with 51 percent support against Obama at 45. Romney maintained his narrow lead over Obama among registered voters, 48 percent to 47.
The survey is a rolling seven-day average through Oct. 18, so it includes two days of polling data since Tuesday night’s presidential debate in New York state.
Gallup only began tracking likely voters earlier this month. On Thursday, Romney opened up a 7-point lead. It was Romney’s biggest lead yet in the survey and came less than three weeks before the election.
Gallup’s poll has received a lot of attention for falling outside the range of most other national polls.
While there’s no doubt Romney seized momentum in the race after the first presidential debate, Gallup’s daily tracking poll was one of the last to reflect the Romney bump, provoking some to speculate it is equally tardy in reflecting the subsequent stabilization of the race.