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US Election Updates - October 6, 2012

Romney gains momentum against Obama after strong debate

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney gained momentum against Democratic President Barack Obama after a strong performance in their first debate ahead of the November 6 election, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.

Romney is now viewed positively by 51 percent of voters, the first time he has enjoyed a net positive in the U.S. presidential race. Obama’s favorability rating remained unchanged at 56 percent, according to the poll.

Romney moved ahead of the president on several core issues after Wednesday's 90-minute televised debate, which was widely seen as a victory for the former Massachusetts governor.

Voters now feel Romney is a better bet to boost the economy, spur job creation and manage the budget deficit.

He narrowed Obama's advantage on taxes, the Social Security retirement program as well as the Medicare health insurance program for the elderly and disabled.

The poll also found that Obama's 7-percentage point lead over Romney had narrowed to 5 percentage points, 48 percent to 43 percent.

Wednesday’s debate saw the two candidates spar over jobs, taxes and healthcare.

Around 67 million people watched the debate, according to the Nielsen TV ratings service.

Often criticized for being impassive and wooden, Romney's lively debate performance gave his campaign a much-required burst of energy following weeks of setbacks.

Obama was slated for appearing hesitant and failing to grab opportunities to attack his rival on his business record at Bain Capital, the "47 percent" video and his refusal to release more income tax returns.

Two presidential debates still remain: a town-hall style foreign policy debate on October 16 in Hempstead, New York and a final debate on October 22 in Boca Raton, Florida.

The sole vice-presidential debate will take place on October 11 in Danville, Kentucky.