A new national poll suggests that President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are tied.
The new Gallup poll showed that the president only holds a slight lead over his Republican opponent with 49 percent to 46 percent among registered voters.
The seven-day tracking poll surveyed over 1,000 registered voters by phone and contained a sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points. It also broke the data comparatively between the number of Obama supporters before and after last Wednesday’s debate.
President Obama held a five-point lead over Romney 50 percent to 45 percent from September 30 –October 2. However, three days after the debate the two were tied at 47 percent from October 4-6.
The Gallup poll also revealed that 72 percent of voters who watched the debate believed that Romney did a better job while only five percent held the same belief about the president.
Republicans who participated in the Gallup poll said that Romney tremendously outperformed the president with seven out of ten independents agreeing.
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.