|Romney close behind Obama after debate, jobs report||
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney stayed within striking distance of President Barack Obama in a Reuters/Ipsos poll on Sunday, coming in two points behind the Democrat for the third straight day after winning last week's debate in Denver.
The online survey found 47 percent of likely voters saying they would vote for Obama and 45 percent for Romney if the November 6 election were held now. That solidifies an improvement by the Republican who had trailed his opponent by six points in the same daily poll going into the debate.
“Romney's performance in the debate I think has improved his share of the vote for now ... It's a significant change from where we were a couple of weeks ago,” said Ipsos pollster Julia Clark.
But the upside for Romney from the debate, the first of three with Obama this month, appears limited.
“I would say that if the debate was a game-changer, we would see Romney continue to make gains,” she said. “He's narrowed the race but he doesn't seem to be overtaking Obama.”
The division among likely voters was exactly the same in the rolling poll on Saturday and 46 percent to 44 percent on Friday.
Fifty-five percent of registered voters thought Romney did better at the debate, where he was aggressive in attacking the White House's economic record. Obama's muted performance at the podium received approval from less than 25 percent.
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