Romney Now Viewed Positively By Most Americans, Beats Obama on Key Issues
Hopefully this is the first in a long string of good news for Mitt Romney after last night’s rout of a performance in the first debate.
Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney gained ground on Democratic President Barack Obama after a strong performance in their first debate heading into the November 6 election, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll taken after their prime-time face-off.
Romney is now viewed positively by 51 percent of voters, the first time he has enjoyed a net positive in the U.S. presidential race, the poll found. Obama’s favorability rating remained unchanged at 56 percent, according to the poll.
Romney moved ahead of the president on several core issues after Wednesday’s debate, which was widely seen as a victory for the Republican candidate.
Voters now see Romney as a better bet to boost the economy, spur job creation and manage the budget deficit, the poll found. He narrowed Obama’s advantage on taxes, the Social Security retirement program and the Medicare health insurance program for the elderly and disabled.
Obama went in not expecting this debate to matter, and now he’s paying the price. This shouldn’t swing the election in Mitt’s favor just yet, but it does level the playing field.