Post-debate Gallup Poll Puts Obama and Romney Neck and Neck

During the days following last week’s presidential debate, Obama lost his 5 point lead over Republican hopeful Romney.

U.S. President Barack Obama lost his 5 point lead in the polls over Republican nominee Mitt Romney during the days following last week’s presidential debate.

Currently, Obama and Romney are neck and neck, according to the latest poll conducted by Gallup, the interview-based research group.

Gallup conducts polling over seven day periods. The latest poll, which covers the dates September 30 to October 6, includes the three days prior to last week’s presidential debate, during which Obama held an average lead of 3%.

In the days following the debate, however, Obama’s lead began to shrink, and both candidates received 47% of the American public’s support as the poll concluded on October 6.

Following the debate last Tuesday evening, a CNN poll determined that Romney defeated Obama.

The poll showed that 67% of debate watchers believed that Romney won the showdown, while only 25% said Obama was the winner.

According to CNN Polling Director Keating Holland, "No presidential candidate has topped 60% in that question since it was first asked in 1984."

Of those polled, nearly half said the debate didn't make them more likely to vote for either candidate, but 35% said the faceoff made them more likely to vote for Romney while only 18% preferred Obama after the debate.

Moreover, 60% said that Obama did worse than expected, compared to 82% that said Romney performed better than expected.