AirTalk for October 9, 2012

Romney rallies in voter polls, especially among women, but is it enough to win the White House?

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US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks in the rain during a rally in Newport News, Virginia, on October 8, 2012.

Mitt Romney’s post-debate surge may have wiped out President Obama’s lead in the polls, especially among women voters, according to the latest voter survey from the Pew Research Center. In September, Pew showed Obama leading by 18 points among women, but the center’s most recent data indicates the Republican nominee has pulled even with his Democrat opponent among that particular demographic.

Another major polling organization, Gallup, released results from its national tracking poll on Monday afternoon that paint a less rosy picture for Romney. Gallup calculated Obama to be leading with support from 50 percent of registered voters, which puts Obama up 5 points over Romney’s reported 45 percent. This also puts Obama ahead beyond Gallup’s margin of error of 2 percentage points.

Is Romney’s post-debate comeback beginning to fade or has it sparked enough momentum to give him a winning edge? What might explain Romney’s possible surge among women voters?

Guests:

Steven Shepard, Polling editor, National Journal


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