Polls: Debate Produced Surge for Romney

NPR also reports that the GOP presidential candidate's favorable rating among blacks rose from 7 percent to 11 percent.

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In the five days since Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was declared by many the winner of the first presidential debate, political watchers have waited to see if polls would shift in response to his performance. And, they did,” NPR reported on Monday.

“Not only has the Gallup tracking poll tightened to a tie — 47-47 — but the Pew poll [PDF], which last month found President Obama with a strong lead among likely voters — 51-43 — has seen a huge swing. In the latest poll, Romney now leads 49-45.”

In the poll from the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, Obama’s favorable rating among blacks went from 95 percent to 88 percent, and Romney’s rose from 7 percent to 11 percent. However, the Pew summary concluded, “. . . the horse race is unchanged among black voters.”

Russ Owens, a spokesman for the Pew Research Center, told Journal-isms that the Hispanic sample size was too small to be meaningful.

Meanwhile, a survey of Millennials age 18 to 25 last week from the Public Religion Research Institute showed that “Nearly half (47%) of younger Millennials oppose programs that make special efforts to help blacks and other minorities to get ahead because of past discrimination, while around 4-in-10 (38%) favor these programs.

“[Fewer] than 1-in-5 (19%) white younger Millennials favor programs designed to help blacks and other minorities get ahead because of past discrimination, while nearly two-thirds (66%) are opposed.

“By contrast, three-quarters (75%) of black younger Millennials and more six-in-ten (63%) Hispanic younger Millennials favor such programs.”

In addition, “. . . Majorities of white (67%), black (54%), and Hispanic (57%) younger Millennials say that their race or gender will make no difference in their career prospects.”

Mark Blumenthal, Huffington Post: Mitt Romney Closes Gap In Presidential Polls