Romney extends lead over Obama in presidential race: Reuters/Ipsos poll

WASHINGTON Thu Oct 11, 2012 11:54am EDT

1 of 4. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney speaks during a town hall campaign stop at Ariel Corporation in Mount Vernon, Ohio October 10, 2012.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican challenger Mitt Romney has extended his lead over President Barack Obama to 3 percentage points, according to a Reuters/Ipsos tracking poll released on Thursday, ahead of a high-stakes debate between the two candidates' running mates.

Romney now leads the Democrat by 47 percent to 44 percent among likely voters in the online poll, with less than a month before the November 6 election. The Reuters/Ipsos tracking poll released on Wednesday had shown Romney with a one-point lead over Obama, his first lead in the survey in more than a month.

Romney has been enjoying one of his best runs of the campaign after handily winning the first presidential debate last week, partially due to Obama's passive performance in that contest.

(Reporting By Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Vicki Allen)

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Comments (13)
checkthefacts wrote:
It’s not just because of the debate. Its obamas leadership (or lack of) affecting him also. Americans are tired of lies and deceit and cover ups. We want a president to talk about critical issues not big bird.

Oct 11, 2012 12:04pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
vocalmedia wrote:
Come on, “partially due to Obama’s passive performance in that contest” — it was a terrible performance — he gave no specifics on an economic plan just a ‘wish list’, he treated the moderator, the viewers and his opponent with open disdain, and he was unable to counter Romney’s very detailed answers in any meaningful way.

He didn’t take it seriously, at best, and stayed away from his pitiful Presidential record, trying to win on charisma alone. While Romney spent the days before in Denver prepping, Obama was visiting the Hoover Dam for a photo op and being seen around Las Vegas, avoiding debate prep. The changes in the polls reflect this widely shared set of perceptions, even among those who still support him. As a result, the pressure is on him to show much better in remaining two debates.

Oct 11, 2012 12:10pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
vocalmedia wrote:
Come on, “partially due to Obama’s passive performance in that contest” — it was a terrible performance — he gave no specifics on an economic plan just a ‘wish list’, he treated the moderator, the viewers and his opponent with open disdain, and he was unable to counter Romney’s very detailed answers in any meaningful way.

He didn’t take it seriously, at best, and stayed away from his pitiful Presidential record, trying to win on charisma alone. While Romney spent the days before in Denver prepping, Obama was visiting the Hoover Dam for a photo op and being seen around Las Vegas, avoiding debate prep. The changes in the polls reflect this widely shared set of perceptions, even among those who still support him. As a result, the pressure is on him to show much better in remaining two debates.

Oct 11, 2012 12:12pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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