Romney gained in a few areas, but not at Obamas expense despite the incumbents lackluster performance in the first presidential debate on Wednesday.
On the broad question of who they will vote for in November, Obama kept his slim 2 percentage point lead over Romney among likely voters – 47 to 45 percent – in the online survey.
The gap was unchanged from Friday, when Obama led by 46 to 44 percent in the tracking poll. His lead was 6 percentage points before the two men first went head-to-head in Denver.
“We havent seen additional gains from Romney. This suggests to me that this is more of a bounce than a permanent shift,” Ipsos pollster Julia Clark said.
The poll did not show Obama backers shifting to Romney. Rather, Romneys small gains on a few of the issues came from people who had been undecided.
Obama even gained ground in some voters assessment of his character since before the debate, even though a majority – 55 to 23 percent – felt Romney did a better job during the encounter in Denver, the survey showed.
Forty-seven percent of registered voters deemed Obama “a good person,” compared with 31 percent who felt that way about Romney. In a similar survey on September 28, Obama led by 43 percent to Romneys 32 percent.