Don’t look now but Mitt Romney just hit the 50% mark in another poll.
According to the most recent ABC-WAPO poll, Romney now leads Obama 50% to 47%. Likely voters now pick Romney over Obama in trust to handle the economy by 52% to 43%. All this even with a poll sampling of +4 D.
Full poll results can be found HERE.
Mitt Romney has seized further advantage on economic issues at the core of the 2012 campaign, taking him to 50 percent support among likely voters vs. 47 percent for Barack Obama – Romney’s highest vote-preference result of the contest to date.
The difference between the two candidates is within the margin of sampling error in the latest ABC News/Washington Post daily tracking poll, and their individual support levels have not significantly changed. But the momentum on underlying issues and attributes is Romney’s.
For those pundits who said debates do not matter could never have been more wrong. According to poll results, Romney has a huge lead with Independents and were heavily swayed by Romney’s debate performance.
Most strikingly, Romney’s advanced to 57 percent support among independents. They’re a changeable group, less rooted in partisan predispositions, so their eventual preferences – and their turnout – are uncertain. But they’re key to Romney’s current fortunes; he’s improved among independents by 9 points in the past week.
The debates are one apparent reason. By a broad 47-10 percent, independents say the debates left them with a better rather than a worse impression of Romney. In the same group, by contrast, just 17 percent say their impression of Obama improved – and 26 percent say it got worse.