Romney Closing Gap On Obama In Virginia, According To Poll | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Romney Closing Gap On Obama In Virginia, According To Poll

Play associated audio
President Barack Obama walks past Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney during the first presidential debate at the University of Denver.
Charlie Neibergall
President Barack Obama walks past Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney during the first presidential debate at the University of Denver.

A new poll out today shows Democratic President Barack Obama leading Republican candidate Mitt Romney in Virginia, but Romney is closing the gap.

The poll, released today by Old Dominion University, shows President Obama leading Gov. Romney by 7 points. That gap is above the margin of error, which is plus or minus 3.4 percent. But it's not necessarily good news for Democrats.

"After the first debate, there was a major dropoff in the portion of people who thought that the country was better off today than it was when the president took office," says professor Jesse Richman.

The survey, which was conducted by the university's Social Science Research Center, found that Mr. Obama was favored by 50 percent and opponent Romney by 43 percent, while other candidates had a combined total of 3 percent. The poll was conducted in late September and early October, when Richman says the dynamics of the race changed dramatically.

"What we see is overall the president in the lead, but that support dropping after the debate with the candidates polling pretty even," he says.

The poll also shows Democratic Senate candidate Tim Kaine leading Republican candidate George Allen by 7 points.

NPR

Do Touch The Artwork At Prado's Exhibit For The Blind

The renowned Spanish museum has made 3-D copies of some of its most iconic works to allow blind people to feel them.
NPR

Game For Ancient Grain: Palestinians Find Freekeh Again

The young, roasted form of wheat has been eaten in the Middle East for millennia. But over time many Palestinians replaced it with rice. Now it's becoming a nutritious, native food worthy of pride.
NPR

With New Look And More Energy, Rick Perry Tries To Move Past 'Oops'

Do the glasses make the man? Four years ago, then-Texas Gov. Rick Perry's presidential run was derailed by one word — oops. He admits now he wasn't healthy then, and he's trying to make up for it.
WAMU 88.5

New Transit App 'Split' Pushes User To Share The Backseat

A new entrant into the growing world of on-demand transportation apps in the District uses sustainability as its pitch — with users sharing the ride with others going the same direction.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.