Gallup Poll on presidential race
According to Gallup’s polling after the first presidential debate, Mitt Romney did a far better job than President Obama in their first face-off. Among all debate watchers questioned, 72% of the respondents favored Romney, while only 20% said Obama did better.
Among Republicans questioned, Romney 97%, Obama 2%. Independents gave Romney the edge by 70% to 19%. Even Democrats favored Romney, 49% to 39%.
There was also an uptick for the former Massachusetts governor among registered voters who were asked who they plan to vote for. Before the debate it was Obama 50%, Romney 45%. After the debate: even at 47% each.
Obviously the first debate energized Romney’s campaign and may have swayed voters to his side. But there are two more presidential debates and the odds are Barack Obama will be ready for them.
How many voters will tune in for those debates? How much impact will they have on the actual voting?
At this point all we can say is Romney won the first debate and the polls have the candidates virtually tied.
Our thought for today is from Ernest Benn:
“Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy.”