EEW POLITICAL EDITORS
Mitt Romney has gained his biggest lead over President Obama in the latest Gallup tracking poll. He’s ahead by six percentage points. With less than three weeks and one debate left on the calendar before Election Day, how will this impact the race?
The Gallup poll is based on a seven-day rolling average, and shows Romney leading 51-45 percent. At the start of October, he was tied with Obama at 48 percent each.
This particular poll measures likely voters, with the latest results spanning interviews from Oct. 10-16.
Washington Post reports the new numbers don’t include much or any data collected after Tuesday night’s debate. It will take days to determine what effect that might have had.
Gallup’s numbers are much better for Romney than most other pollsters. A Washington Post-ABC News poll released Monday showed Obama at 49 percent and Romney at 46 percent, while a Politico-George Washington University poll showed Obama at 49 percent and Romney at 48 percent.
The results are based on a likely-voter model and not a registered voter model, which some Democrats speculate is completely unreliable.
What are your thoughts?