Oct 6, 2012 No Comments ›› Pat Dollard
Excerpted from Briefing Room: New polling shows Mitt Romney continuing to gain ground on President Obama following the first presidential debate Wednesday.
The latest Gallup daily tracking poll now puts Romney just three points behind the incumbent, after being down five in the prior day’s results. The president’s reelection support dropped by one point compared to Friday, and now stands at 49 percent. Meanwhile, Romney gained a point of support, and now sits behind the president nationally at 46 percent.
The president’s approval rating also dropped two points in the latest numbers, dipping to 50 percent after reaching a three-year high of 54 percent earlier in the week. However, his disapproval rating also fell by two points, and now sits at 45 percent.
This latest poll, a seven-day rolling average, includes two days of polling after the debate, which was widely seen as a strong Romney performance and a less-than-impressive one from the president.
Despite that, the president actually gained a point on Romney in the Gallup tracking poll updated Friday, only now to see it disappear and Romney gain ground on Saturday’s version.
Meanwhile, Rasmussen Reports found Romney actually holding a two-point edge over Obama nationally in its daily tracking poll. The results of the three-day rolling average include two-thirds of those surveyed after Wednesday’s debate. Obama actually went into the debate with a two-point edge over Romney in that particular poll.
The Romney campaign has sought to capitalize on the momentum from the debate, which has injected new life into a campaign that many were thinking may be on the ropes.
But the president got a bit of a lift himself Friday, when the Labor Department reported the unemployment rate had fallen to 7.8 percent, the lowest level of Obama’s first term. Romney dismissed the latest report, arguing the jobless rate would be higher if it were not for all the people who simply stopped looking for work.
The Obama campaign also looked to move on from the debate when it announced Saturday that it had set a new monthly fundraising record for the 2012 race. The campaign, along with the Democratic National Committee, brought in $181 million in September. The Romney campaign has not released its September fundraising totals, although it has reportedly seen a boost in contributions following the debate.