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October 8, 2012 - 1:40 pm

Pew Research has released a new poll this afternoon which shows that the presidential race may have flipped after last week’s presidential debate. Overall, Romney was widely seen to have won the debate, and that win translates into a poll lead.

By about three-to-one, voters say Romney did a better job than Obama in the Oct. 3 debate, and the Republican is now better regarded on most personal dimensions and on most issues than he was in September. Romney is seen as the candidate who has new ideas and is viewed as better able than Obama to improve the jobs situation and reduce the budget deficit.

Fully 66% of registered voters say Romney did the better job in last Wednesday’s debate, compared with just 20% who say Obama did better. A majority (64%) of voters who watched the debate describe it as mostly informative; just 26% say it was mostly confusing.

In turn, Romney has drawn even with Obama in the presidential race among registered voters (46% to 46%) after trailing by nine points (42% to 51%) in September. Among likely voters, Romney holds a slight 49% to 45% edge over Obama. He trailed by eight points among likely voters last month.

Romney’s personal favorability rating has also shot up to about 50% while Obama’s fell to 49%. One more kicker: It’s 47-47 now, among women voters.

Ok, so that’s one poll. Gallup finds the race to be a tie after 72 percent of respondents said Romney won the debate.

Ok, so that’s two polls. How about a third?

Post-debate polls have shown Romney closing the gap in many swing states, and a Rasmussen tracking poll released Sunday said the GOP candidate now held a 49-47 advantage over the president.

Remember when the media kept declaring the race “over?” Even though GOP enthusiasm has long led Democrat enthusiasm, and even though independents are breaking hard against Obama?

Yeah. Well it’s not over either way. My post-debate advice to the GOP team still applies.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.
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