U.S. President Barack Obama is pictured against a tree displaying autumn colours during a campaign rally at Veterans Memorial Park in Manchester, New Hampshire, October 18, 2012. Obama is campaigning in New Hampshire on Thursday before attending events in New York. (Photo : Reuters)
President Barack Obama took yet another hit to his approval ratings, as well as his support among registered voters on Saturday, the latest Gallup Daily tracking revealed. The president has been unable to shake off the lead by Republican candidate Mitt Romney among both registered and likely voters in the past week, despite dominating in polls by other organizations.
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Romney has maintained a persistent hold of the lead in the Gallup Daily reports after his successful performance at the first presidential debate. Despite Obama's comeback during the second presidential debate, which he was named winner, the Daily tracking reports have seen little to no shift to his side.
Saturday's Gallup Daily report found that President Obama dropped a point among registered voters, to 46 percent, widening the margin between himself and his GOP challenger. Romney continued to head the race among registered voters, although he experienced no improvements in the past 48 hours, with 48 percent.
The race among likely voters remained the same since Friday's results, showing Romney ahead of Obama by six points (51 percent to 45 percent). The Republican presidential candidate shot ahead of the president earlier this week and has slowly managed to widen his lead.
There have been some disparities between Gallup's findings and those by other national polling organizations. Reuters/Ipsos Daily tracking on Thursday found that Obama led Romney by three points, 47 percent to 44 percent. A general election poll by the Hartford Courant/UConn on Friday also showed the president in the lead by three points, 48 percent to 45 percent.
Obama was largely seen as the winner of Tuesday's second presidential debate in Hempstead, N.Y., although the polling results of the Gallup Daily tracking have yet to reflect that win.
The president's approval and disapproval ratings have also fluctuated the past few days, with a recent rise in his disapproval rating on Friday to 46 percent. On Saturday, Obama took another hit, this time to his approval rating, which dropped a point to 49 percent.
Romney's success in the polling numbers after the first presidential debate have made the final weeks before the November 6 election much more competitive. At least in the results reported by Gallup, the GOP candidate continues to ride the surge of the first debate despite losing the second debate this week.
The two candidates will meet for the last time before the presidential election during the third and final presidential debate on Monday. The final debate, on October 22, will be held at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla. and will be moderated by Bob Schieffer, CBS News' chief Washington correspondent. Monday's debate will focus on foreign policy.