Presidential Polls: Obama Snags Lead From Romney In Gallup Tracking Survey

 @LauraMatt
on October 24 2012 4:29 PM
Obama And Romney At Third Presidential Debate
Mitt Romney listens as President Barack Obama answers a question during the final U.S. presidential debate in Boca Raton, Fla. Reuters

President Barack Obama has managed to steal the lead from his Republican challenger Mitt Romney, according to Gallup’s poll of registered voters.

In the rolling seven-day average poll conducted between Oct. 17 and 23, Obama leads by 48 percent to Romney’s 47 percent among registered voters. Among likely voters though, Gallup’s tracking shows Romney with a 3 percentage point advantage, 50 percent to 47 percent.

Gallup’s poll isn’t the only one showing a dead heat going into the Nov. 6 general election.

On Monday, a Washington Post/ABC News tracking poll showed a draw between the rivals with likely national voters favoring Obama 49 percent to Romney's 48 percent. This of course was before the final presidential debate, after which the consensus of several polls was that Obama won.

Romney has been steadily closing the gap in several swing states with a CBS News/Quinnipiac University poll finding Obama’s lead dropped 10 points in Ohio in just a month. Obama still leads Romney there 50 percent to 45 percent.

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