A Rasmussen post-presidential debate poll in Ohio shows Mitt Romney has pulled ahead of Barack Obama in the battleground state among those who say they are “certain” to vote. The poll shows Romney ahead 51 percent to 48 percent in this critical group.
The Rasmussen Poll also suggests Romney’s strong debate performance has halted Obama’s momentum among all respondents with a statistical tie of 50 percent for Obama verses 49 percent for Romney.
Among the 83-percent of Ohioans who have already made up their minds on who they will vote for, Romney leads Obama 52 percent to 48 percent, while the 17-percent of respondents who say they could still change their minds favor Obama by a two-to-one margin.
In more good news for the Romney campaign, Thursday, The Examiner reported that the GOP has narrowed the difference between Democrats and Republicans in absentee ballot requests used for early voting in Ohio, suggesting Romney is doing better in the state than some polls suggest.
Quoting The Examiner: “While in 2008, 33 percent of the 1,158,301 absentee ballots went to Democrats and just 19 percent to registered Republicans, a 14-point gap, this year 29 percent are being requested by Democrats and 24 percent by Republicans, a five-point gap.”
According to Rasmussen, in September, Ohio voters trusted Romney more than the president when it comes to handling the economy by a slim 48 percent to 46 percent margin, however new polling gives Romney a 49% to 45% lead over Obama over national finances.
Perhaps the most troubling numbers for the Obama campaign come in the poll question that queried about partisan control of the White House and Congress. The poll shows 50 percent of Ohioans think the economy would improve if Romney wins and Republicans keep the House and take over the Senate.
Only 34 percent say the economy would improve if Obama wins and Democrats take both houses of Congress; meanwhile 40 percent say things would get worse under the Democrats.