Mitt Romney has gained ground on President Obama in the Pew Research Center’s latest polling.
The Republican challenger is seen as the candidate "who has new ideas and is viewed as better able than Obama to improve the jobs situation and reduce the budget deficit," according to poll respondents.
Romney is now dead even with Obama among registered voters (46% to 46%) after being behind by nine points (42% to 51%) in September. Among likely voters, Romney holds a slight 49% to 45% edge over Obama, according to the poll results.
Romney is considered by most to be the winner in last week's debate, and he is now better regarded on most issues than he was in September.
More generally, the poll finds Romney’s supporters far more engaged in the campaign than they were in September. Fully 82% say they have given a lot of thought to the election, up from 73% in September. The new survey finds that Romney supporters hold a 15-point advantage over Obama backers on this key engagement measure. Supporters on both sides were about even in September.
Coming out of the debate, Mitt Romney’s personal image has improved. His favorable rating has hit 50% among registered voters for the first time in Pew Research Center surveys and has risen five points since September. At the same time, Obama’s personal favorability rating has fallen from 55% to 49%.
In the presidential horse race, Romney has made sizable gains over the past month among women voters, white non-Hispanics and those younger than 50. Currently, women are evenly divided (47% Obama, 47% Romney). Last month, Obama led Romney by 18 points (56% to 38%) among women likely voters.
The Pew poll was conducted Oct. 4-7 among 1,511 adults, including 1,201 registered voters (1,112 likely voters).
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