Obama loses five point lead after debate

2012-10-08 20:38

Washington - President Barack Obama lost a five-point lead after last week's debate with Republican rival Mitt Romney, with the two candidates polling even in the three days afterwards, a Gallup poll out on Monday has found.

The poll was an early measure of the damage done by Obama's lacklustre performance against a more aggressive and energetic Romney, who had been slipping in the days before the nationally televised encounter in Denver.

A separate October 4-5 Gallup poll, two days after the debate, found that 72% believed Romney did a better job in the debate than Obama, with even Democrats agreeing by 49% to 39%.

Gallup's 30 September - 6 October poll of registered voters showed Obama had a five-point lead over Romney in the three days before last Wednesday's presidential debate.

But in the three days after the debate, the lead had melted away and the two candidates were tied at 47%.

Obama still had a three-point edge, 49 to 46%, in Gallup's seven-day rolling average ending on Saturday, which included polls before and after the debate.

"Even on this basis, the race has become somewhat more competitive compared with before the first debate," Gallup said.

"Obama held four- to six-point leads in Gallup's seven-day tracking results in the eight days prior to the 3 October debate."

  • christelle.james.7 - 2012-10-08 20:48

    America desperately needs the Republicans to come in and save them from a different form of Socialism that the Democrats are slowly steering the country towards.

      larissa.goosen - 2012-10-08 21:09

      Americans did not have a good leader scenes Andrew Jackson...

      hellodanie - 2012-10-08 21:14

      Perhaps you should study what socialism means. After that study what the democrats stand for....very different! I sincerely hope that the greedy Republicans don't win again and stuff up the US with more war debt and a general greed for money to the detreminent of the poor. Don't ever think that the capitalism the Republicans stand for cares much for the poor and the needy.

      jacowium - 2012-10-08 21:20

      Hi Christelle. Could you please explain how the country is being pushed to "a different form of socialism"? Since you use the word socialism in a public forum, then you must surely know all about it, and everything happening in the USA too. Therefore, if you could clarify your comment, it will be highly appreciated.

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-10-08 21:23

      Danie, as you will notice in my post - "a different form" of socialism. 2 countries without any weapons are fighting a silent war against America. The Mexicans, and the Chinese. And that war was created by the Democrats. And that war is what is creating poverty in America. And that is also the war people never hear about.

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-10-08 21:35

      For the American Democrat supporters who fail to see the Socialistic approach Obama is steering the country towards: If you do not want to read the article, here is an excerpt: "Stanley Kurtz documented something we have all known: President Barack Hussein Obama is a socialist! Contrary to claims made in 2008 by Obama, his staff, and supporters, he was a member of the socialist New Party in Chicago. Kurtz wrote: In 2008, candidate Obama deceived the American public about his potentially damaging tie to this third party [The New Party]. The issue remains as fresh as today's headlines, as Romney argues that Obama is trying to move the United States toward European-style social democracy, which was precisely the New Party's goal. Read more:

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-10-08 21:46

      With a smile I want to tell you a simple story: Sarah is working in her garden in a town in Arizona. Her neighbours, mr and mrs Smith walks by with their 8 year old daughter. Sarah asks the little girl: "Anne, what would you like to do when your are grown up?" Anne replies that she really wants to help the poor, give them homes, food etc. Her very proud (Democratic) parents smile broadly and give her a pat on the back. Sarah says to Anne, "honey, you don't need to wait until you are grown up, you can start this very moment" Anne eagerly says yes please, how? Sarah tells her, "help me in the garden and I will give you $50. When you get the money, walk over to the park and give it to the homeless man sitting on the grass" Anne replies: Wait a moment, why can he not come and do the work in the garden and get the money" Sarah: Welcome to the Republicans Anne!!!!

      hellodanie - 2012-10-08 22:17

      If economics was as simple as 'he who works keeps his gains', the word 'greed' would never have existed. Republicans like to oversimplify things to their own benefit and they like to defend it with religion. Funny then that the Bible and many other religions so focusses on 'defending the poor'. I wish someone like Gandhi could have chipped in here now....

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-10-08 22:44

      Let us also not over-complicate things. I agree that there is a responsibility of assisting the poor - but in saying that, you need to distinguish between the cannot's and want not's and that is where the problem comes in. America in all their greed is sitting with one of the lowest unemployment rates in the world - did greed cause that? The Democrats and their policy on illegal immigrants with children born in the States are doing nothing to decrease poverty. Their policy on socials grants for the unemployed and children is doing nothing to get people working and decrease poverty. Where do you think the largest portion of the support comes from for the Democrats?

      abe.botha.5 - 2012-10-09 03:07

      Hellodanie Perhaps you should see what socialism means smartass. It means the Government controls the means of production. Like Mr Obama owning the banks with the bailouts, the Car companies, Student loans, and Obamacare which is National Helath care. Is that enough for you Danie. Some more facts 49 million is now on foodstamps, was 37 when Obama came to power. Household income is down $2500 per year per family. 23 Million Americans are unemployed. Unemployment has been over 8% for 43 months. This is all due to comrade Obama's policys. Are you aware that his chief mentor was Frank Marshall the head of the American communist party, or that he subscribes to Alinsky's rules for radicals. Obama believes in re-ditributing wealth. You see the trick is the more people you have on welfare the more will vote for you. Its modern day enslavement. America wasnt build on welfare. It was build on American exceptionalism, ingenuity and pioneering spirit. Now get back in your crib youngster

      hellodanie - 2012-10-09 06:38

      Hi Abe. 100% Correct - Bush really screwed up the economy and the Republican majority did not help lately in getting things fixed. Hope for all Obama makes clean sweep and take the US into a better future! Since you refer to Obama as 'comrade', perhaps you also believe in Aliens and fairies! Shame.

      Willie - 2012-10-09 08:17

      @ christelle.james.7,you conviniently forget that Bush staffed the American economy by engaging in an illegal war in Iraq.Millions of dollars were spent based on lie, WMD were not found even today. Powell made himself an A** hole at the UN showing the whole world where the weapons are stored. So stop spreading lies about socialism

      andrew.arnesen - 2012-10-09 10:50

      What is wrong with socialism?

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  • stuart.grobbelaar - 2012-10-09 10:24

    God Bless the Democrats. Their liberal-social policies and efforts for peace and stability is needed in the US. The Republicans hate everyone and everything that is not American, love war, hate gays and love exploiting the working class. Seriously, who would want a religious extremist like Romney, who bases all of his policies and ideas on Mormonism, to lead a country?

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