The first national poll taken entirely after the second debate shows little if any gain for President Obama, whom some – including some leading Republicans – contend narrowly won the second debate.
White House Dossier readers overwhelmingly believe Romney won the debate.
According to the Rasmussen daily tracking poll, Romney continues to lead Obama nationally by a point. Writes Rasmussen:
Before the first presidential debate, Obama was up by two, 49 percent to 47 percent. Following that debate, Romney was up 49 percent to 47 percent. Now it’s a one-point race with two days to go before the final debate.
Monday night’s debate is on foreign policy – a topic of less interest to voters than domestic policy – and likely will also have no more than a marginal impact on the race.
Romney used the first debate to move from slightly behind into a dead heat in most polls, although the Gallup tracking poll has Romney six points ahead.
The first debate helped change voters’ impressions of Romney, which the Obama campaign is trying to change back with a vitriolic series of attacks charging Romney is a liar and a tool of the rich.
So far, without success.