A fresh Reuters Poll out Thursday afternoon shows Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has extended his lead over incumbent Barack Obama.
Romney, who led by a point in the poll Wednesday, increased his lead to to 3 percentage points, 47 percent to Obama’s 44 percent, according to the Reuters/Ipsos tracking poll.
The new poll suggests Vice President Biden has his work cut out for him during the first and only debate between him and Republican VP contender Paul Ryan on Thursday, 7 p.m. ET.
Romney gained enough momentum from his presidential debate performance to pass Obama in the poll with less than a month before the November 6 election. The Republican had not led according to Reuters in over a month before yesterday’s poll that had him up by one point.
Ryan, chairman of the House of Representatives budget committee, is hoping to add to the Romney surge during the debate with Biden.
For his part, Biden, a seasoned Washington insider, hopes to make up for his bosses’ historically poor performance in Denver.
Reuters online survey of 1,092 likely voters and 1,312 registered voters was conducted between October 7 and 11. The precision of the Reuters/Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, the poll has a credibility interval of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points for registered voters and 3.4 for likely voters.