President Obama was widely held to have won Monday’s third presidential debate with Gov. Mitt Romney, but a new poll conducted entirely after the encounter shows the president getting little to no benefit from his performance.
According to the latest Rasmussen daily presidential tracking poll, conducted Tuesday through Thursday, Romney now leads Obama by three points, 50-47 percent. In a poll completed Monday and released Tuesday, Romney was ahead by four points, 50-46 percent.
The one point change is not statistically significant.
While Obama may have made more unanswered arguments during the debate, Romney may have succeeded overall by projecting a presidential air and demonstrating his knowledge of foreign affairs.
In fact, Obama has fallen further behind Romney even since polling done after the second debate, when Obama regained his form from his disastrous performance in the first.
After the second matchup, Romney was up by a point, keeping the ground he had gained since winning the first debate, according to Rasmussen. So even since his second debate recovery, in the Rasmussen polls, things have continued to get worse for the president.
Rasmussen also found that, over the three debates, Romney is viewed by the public as having bested the president.