COUNTDOWN ELECTION 2012

Romney Narrows Gap In Polls Following Debate

A Reuters/Ipsos poll shows Mitt Romney trailing President Obama by only two points – 47% to 45% – for the third straight day following Wednesday’s debate. Prior to the debate, Romney was behind six points in the same poll.

While 55% of registered voters thought Romney did a better job, Obama had an approval rating of less than 25%.

But before you start packing your bags for Canada, Ipsos pollster Julia Clark doesn’t see this first of three debates between the two candidates as a “game-changer,”otherwise Romney would “continue to make gains.”

“He’s narrowed the race but he doesn’t seem to be overtaking Obama,” Clark said.

And in decidedly better news for the Obama administration, a report issued on Friday showed that unemployment fell from 8.1% to 7.8%, the first time it’s fallen under 8% since the start of his presidency.

Clark warns, however, that “Americans don’t change their views on how things are doing economically based on jobs numbers.” So to recap: televised debates, yes – job numbers, no.

See ya in Canada, eh?