Romney extends lead to 7 points in Gallup Tracking poll, leads others

October 18, 2012

Online Staff Report

Just two days since the second presidential debate in which many pundits said President Barack Obama edged out Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, an Oct. 18 Gallup Tracking poll shows Romney has extended his lead in the race to 7 percentage points.

The Oct. 18 Gallup Tracking poll showed Romney at 52 percent and Obama at 45 percent.

Romney has also taken the lead in other polls, including the Oct. 18 Rasmussen Tracking poll (49-47 percent). Meantime, an Oct. 18 IBD/TIPP Tracking poll had the two candidates tied at 46 percent.

Obama was the leader of two polls — 49-46 percent in an ABC News/Washington Post poll and 49-48 percent in a Politico/GWU/Battleground poll — Monday, Oct. 15, the day before the second debate.

A CNN/ORC International poll taken after the Oct. 16 presidential debate showed 46 percent of respondents viewed Obama as the winner of the debate, compared to 39 percent who believed Romney won the debate. Those results have yet to show any improvement in the polls for Obama.

Obama and his running mate, Vice President Joe Biden, have been unable to stop a free-fall in the polls since Obama delivered a lackluster performance in the first presidential debate Oct. 3.

An Oct. 17 Rasmussen Tracking poll showed Romney leading Obama 49-48 percent. Meantime, an Oct. 16 Gallup Tracking poll had Romney at 50 percent and Obama at 46 percent. An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll taken Oct. 2, the day before the first presidential debate, showed Obama leading Romney 49-46 percent.

Polls measuring the president’s approval rating were mixed Oct. 18. A Gallup poll showed 50 percent in approval of Obama and 44 percent in disapproval, while a Rasmussen Reports poll showed 51 percent disapproving and 48 percent approving the job the president is doing.

The final presidential debate of the season will be from 8 to 9:30 p.m. (Central), Monday, Oct. 22, at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla. Moderator will be Bob Schieffer, host of CBS’s Face the Nation. Topic will be foreign policy.

The Nov. 6 General Election is now 18 days away.

Posted Oct. 18, 2012

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