A new Gallup released this morning shows that 72 percent of debate watchers believed Mitt Romney was the winner of Wednesday night’s debate in Denver, Colo. Only 20 percent picked President Obama according to Gallup polling.
Gallup is calling Romney’s victory a “historic debate win” as their tracking poll shows Romney now tied with the President. Last week Romney was five points down and the President was polling ahead 50-45%. Now that poll has the race tied at 47-47%.
President Obama’s debate performance was widely criticized. Obama campaign aides are now saying that his performance will be much different in the second debate. That debate will take place in eight days in New York on October 16.
“An Oct. 4-5 Gallup poll finds roughly two in three Americans reporting that they watched the Oct. 3 debate, similar to what Gallup measured for each of the three 2008 presidential debates. Those who viewed the debate overwhelmingly believe Romney did a better job than Obama, 72% to 20%. Republicans were nearly unanimous in judging Romney the winner. But even Democrats rated Romney as doing a better job than Obama, 49% to 39%,” reports Gallup this morning.
Though national polls are important, more important are the polls in swing states. Polls taken after the debate for the important battleground states of Florida, Virginia and Ohio have not yet been completed.