U.S. President Barack Obama greets supporters during a campaign rally in Davenport, Iowa October 24, 2012. Obama is on a two-day, seven state, campaign swing. (Photo : Reuters)
President Barack Obama is slowly reclaiming the lead among registered voters and closing the gap with Republican challenger Mitt Romney among likely voters, the latest Gallup Daily tracking report revealed on Wednesday. The president also experienced a boost to his approval ratings and saw a decline in his disapproval ratings, Gallup reported.
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The newly released result reveal the first major positive changed Obama has had in the polls since his disastrous performance at the first presidential debate. While both candidates have seen some fluctuations in the polling numbers, Romney has maintained the lead among registered and likely voters until today.
President Obama has enjoyed two days of consecutive polling increases after successful performances in the last two presidential debates.
Wednesday's Gallup Daily tracking report revealed that Obama has taken a slight lead over Romney among registered voters. The Democratic incumbent saw a one-point jump to 48 percent, whereas the GOP candidate saw a one-point decline to 47 percent. Romney has held the lead among registered voters since at least last week, but may now be experiencing the effects of two debate losses.
Romney also took a hit among likely voters, further closing the consisted six-point margin lead over Obama. President Obama experienced a slight one-point jump among likely voters as well; leaving likely voters divided 50 percent towards Romney and 47 percent towards Obama.
There have been some inconsistencies between Gallup and other national polling organizations, but recent reports have shown Obama is steadily closing the gap with Romney and, in some cases, leading among national voters. Tuesday's Reuters/Ipsos Daily tracking report placed Obama in the lead with 47 percent and Romney with 46 percent. However, Wednesday's Rasmussen Reports placed Romney in the lead with 50 percent and Obama trailing behind with 46 percent.
Obama's approval and disapproval ratings also saw some positive changes, Wednesday's Gallup Daily revealed. The president's approval rating jumped two points to 53 percent, up from a 49 percent low recorded on Sunday. Obama's disapproval rating, on the other hand, dropped three points to 42 percent, down from a 46 percent high recorded on Monday.
With less than two weeks to go until Election Day, the candidates might still see some changes among likely voters. Obama and Romney will have to depend on state-to-state campaigning to appeal to voters now that the three presidential debates ate over. Although Romney was largely seen as the winner of the first debate, the president was decidedly the winner of the last two debates. It remains to be seen how the president's two debate wins will affect the outcome of the race.