Fresh Reuters poll has Romney leading Obama

Posted Oct 10, 2012 by Larry Clifton
For the first time in more than a month, Republican Mitt Romney has pulled ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama 45 to 44 percent in a fresh Reuters poll released Wednesday.
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It’s hard to find a national poll that still has Barack Obama ahead in the presidential election race, a week after the first debate. However, Reuters’ samples remained in Obama’s corner, until yesterday, when its poll called race even.
Now, Reuters has joined a growing crop of post-debate polling that shows Mitt Romney has turned the presidential race around with one face-to-face exchange of presidential visions. Reuters, like just about all major polls, shows Mitt Romney ahead of Barack Obama. Even if only by a single point, it's a sea change for polls associated with Reuters.
With only 27 days left before the November 6 election, there is no more media talk of Obama's post-convention bounce. Such banter has been replaced by chatter of a nationwide Romney surge. Polls indicate that the presidential debate was the staging area from which a then badly trailing Romney launched into the lead.
A major gaff or political blunder could turn the race for either candidate as election day approaches.
The online survey of 1,027 likely voters was conducted between October 6 and Oct 10. The precision of the poll is measured using a credibility interval, which is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points for likely voters.