Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney continues to ride the momentum after his presidential debate win, with a new Rasmussen Reports poll showing he now leads the president nationally by 2 percentage points 49% to 47%.
The situation has also improved for the Republican in some of the crucial swing states that will decide the election. In Virginia, voters prefer Romney over Obama 49% to 48% (within the margin of error).
And it's not only the conservative-leaning Rasmussen. A new poll from Gravis Marketing shows Romney with a 49.4% to 45.9% lead over Obama nationally. The president had held nearly a 5-point lead in the previous survey by the same pollster.
In Florida, the WeAskAmerica survey gives Romney a lead of 49% to 46% over the president in the Sunshine State. Rasmussen, too, found Romney now leading Obama in Florida 47% to 46%.
Ohio, which after having been solidly under the Democrats' column leading to the debate, has moved back to battlegroudn category as voters put Romney in a narrow lead against President Obama 47% to 46% — according to The WeAskAmerica survey.
Colorado, too, has good news for the Republican nominee who is now leading Obama in that state 50% to 46% according to a poll conducted by McLaughlin & Associates.
Perhaps the most worrying new for Obama have to do with the Electoral College votes where the president held a solid lead before his debate debacle. Mitt Romney leads now in 7 of the 11 swing states. A QStarNews poll surveyed likely voters from Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin. The poll included 2737 likely voters from those 11 states and had a margin of error of 1.87 percent.
In addition, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Friday has more bad news for Obama, one in five voters said the Democrat's performance in the contest in Denver on Wednesday made them feel more negative about President Obama and almost a third said they felt more positive about his Republican challenger.