Romney leads in 1st post-debate poll in Colorado
Denver Business Journal by Mark Harden, New Media Editor
Date: Saturday, October 6, 2012, 11:24am MDT - Last Modified: Saturday, October 6, 2012
Mitt Romney leads President Barack Obama in a Colorado opinion survey conducted after Wednesday's presidential debate at the University of Denver.
The poll by Florida research firm Gravis Marketing of likely Colorado voters, conducted Oct. 3-4, shows Republican Romney favored by 49.4 percent and Democrat Obama by 45.9 percent, a difference of 3.5 percentage points.
It's a reversal of the result of Gravis' latest pre-debate poll of Coloradans, conducted Sept. 25, that showed a 4.7-point advantage for Obama.
Obama and Romney debated at DU on Oct. 3, but Gravis said it conducted its most recent survey after the debate.
Most pundits have said the felt Romney prevailed over Obama in the faceoff, their first of three scheduled debates.
Among those surveyed by Gravis who said they were "very likely" to vote for one candidate or the other, the gap was narrower: 43.2 percent for Romney, 41.2 percent for Obama.
Interestingly, the post-debate poll showed an increase of undecided voters from Gravis' pre-debate survey: 4.8 percent in the Oct. 3-4 survey, up from 4.3 percent in the Sept. 25 poll.
The survey of 1,438 Colorado voters -- 1,285 of whom responded to the question about their choice for president -- has an estimated margin of error of 2.8 percent. It was released late Friday.
Obama has been ahead in most previous polls of Colorado voters.
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