Michael Barone, October 6, 2012 | 11:25 am –
This morning pollster Scott Rasmussen reported that in his three-day tracking poll Mitt Romney leads Barack Obama by a 49%-47% margin. This covers interviews conducted Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights, which is to say it includes two post-debate nights. (Pollsters quit interviewing at 9pm local time, so that on Wednesday night only respondents in the Mountain, Pacific, Alaska and Hawaii time zones could have watched the whole debate, and only some of them. These time zones include about 23% of the nation’s population.) Since the three-day track announced yesterday showed Obama ahead 49%-47%, the Friday interviews must have shown Romney with more than 50% of the vote. It’s the biggest one-day turnaround in Rasmussen’s tracking poll since the parties’ national conventions.