Democrats also admitted that the former Massachusetts governor fared better in the first debate with a 49 to 50 percent margin.
“The debate appears to have affected voters to some degree, given the narrowing of the race in the three days after the debate compared with the three days prior. Still, the impact was not so strong that it changed the race to the point where Romney emerged as the leader among registered voters," the Gallup report said.
A variety of national polls leading up to the debate have also reported the same tight trend between President Obama and Romney.
President Obama and Romney will face-off again in two more debates later this month. Vice President Joe Biden and Romney’s running mate Rep. Paul Ryan will debate this Thursday.