Seems so. His favourability rating is up and with about 70 million people watching him take President Obama behind the woodshed and whack him, more people know him.
If, as I expect, he fights Obama do a draw or even a win in the foreign policy debate, he will have narrowed the odds on becoming president:
As I discussed last Sunday, Obama's favorability ratings are actually historically low for a person to get elected president. In fact, no president in CBS News/New York Times, Gallup or NBC/Wall Street Journal data has ever been elected with a net favorability as low as his.
The issue has been that Mitt Romney's favorability has been even lower. Wednesday night's debate was seen by nearly 70 million people. After a strong performance, the Ipsos data has Romney gaining 10 points in net favorability. A good portion of that is Republicans coming back home. Still, if Romney can be seen as a viable alternative to the president among at least 50% of the electorate, he's at least in the ball game. Wednesday night helped him down that path.
Let’s see what the next few days’worth of polls show us.
The Obama campaign had better insist that Obama do his homework before the next two debates, or he runs the risk of losing those Walmart Moms he is relying on to push him into the White House next year. I have the feeling that Romney has hurt Obama on foreign policy with his recent attacks, and will continue to do so until election day.And that would leave the economy as THE issue.