A new national poll that includes one day of polling data after the second presidential debate shows Republican Mitt Romney with his biggest lead to date.
Romney has surged to a 7-point lead over President Obama among likely voters, according to Gallup’s latest daily tracking poll.
Romney received 52 percent of the votes compared to 45 percent for Obama; Romney also led 48 percent to 47 when registered voters were surveyed.
The survey is a rolling seven-day average through Oct. 17. Gallup began tracking “likely voters” earlier this month. Romney’s 7-point margin represents his widest lead in the Gallup survey and comes less than three weeks before the election.
Democrats hope Obama’s feisty performance in the second presidential debate will end Romney’s charge. The first debate between the two presidential contenders on Oct. 3 saw Romney surge in polls, changing the momentum of the presidential contest.
The Gallup daily tracking poll is subject to day-to-day fluctuations; however, Romney has held a steady and increasing lead through October.