Mitt Romney leads President Barack Obama by 2 points, 49 percent to 47 percent, in Gallup’s latest daily tracking poll released Friday afternoon — amounting to no change since Friday’s release. Saturday’s poll is based on responses from likely voters nationwide gathered during the 7-day tracking period of Oct. 6-12.
But Saturday’s poll also shows Obama’s approval rating dipping below 50 percent for only the third time in the previous 12 releases — and the first time since last Sunday — although a slight plurality still approves of the president’s job performance. Forty-eight percent of American adults interviewed during the 3-day tracking period of Oct. 10-12 approve of the job Obama is doing as president, compared with 46 percent who disapprove.
The PollTracker Average currently shows Romney edging Obama, 47.6 percent to 46.4 percent.