Romney is now viewed positively by 51 percent of voters, the first time he has enjoyed a net positive in the U.S. presidential race, the poll found. Obama’s favorability rating remained unchanged at 56 percent, according to the poll.
Romney moved ahead of the president on several core issues after Wednesday’s debate, which was widely seen as a victory for the Republican candidate.
Voters now see Romney as a better bet to boost the economy, spur job creation and manage the budget deficit, the poll found. He narrowed Obama’s advantage on taxes, the Social Security retirement program and the Medicare health insurance program for the elderly and disabled.
The poll found that Obama’s 7 percentage point advantage over Romney had narrowed to a lead of 5 percentage points, 48 percent to 43 percent.
The online poll surveyed 536 registered voters on Wednesday and Thursday after the debate. It has a credibility interval of 4.8 percentage points.