A Public Policy Polling poll of 1,300 likely voters over the period October 4 to 7 has a wealth of results, with some interesting changes in the standings nationally of Obama and Romney since the gamechanging first debate:
Overall, Mitt Romney now leads Obama by 4%, with Obama abead by 14% amongst women and Romney by 12% among men; and, most significantly, Romney leading amongst independents and older voters:
The polling trend from Thursday to Sunday shows the decline in Obama’s numbers, and the change in swing states, even with the uptick from the employment figures on Friday:
Obama’s favourable numbers now beat his favourable ones, nationally and in independents.
However, Romney’s favourables have an 11 point edge over his unfavourability rating.
Worse still, a whopping 56% think America is on the wrong tack, as against only 39% who think the country is on the right track.
The coming debate between the vice presidential candidates now becomes even more important.