During Tuesday night’s presidential debate, moderated by Candy Crowley, the pressure was on President Obama to make up ground he lost to Republican challenger Mitt Romney in the first presidential debate on Oct. 3. Although we did see a more forceful Obama on this week’s stage, pundits and analysts agree that both Romney and the president missed opportunities on several issues. Both candidates are particularly hoping to woo independent, undecided voters and swing states, in particular, as Election Day nears.
Watch Susan Crown, chairman of the Susan Crown Exchange, discuss the importance of independent voters in this presidential election:
“While there’s sort of magnets pulling people to the far left and the far right, and people are pointing fingers at one another, I think there are quite a few of us who are very much in the center – whether we’re liberal Republicans or conservative Democrats, or conservative socially and liberal financially, or the opposite,” Crown said.
Romney leads Obama by four percentage points among likely voters in the nation’s top battlegrounds, according to the latest USA TODAY/Gallup Poll. Plus, the survey of voters in 12 crucial swing states finds female voters much more engaged in the election and increasingly concerned about the deficit and debt issues that favor Romney. Romney has pulled within one point of Obama among women who are likely voters, 48%-49%, and leads by 8 points among men.
Another poll released Tuesday found that independent voters more favor Obama’s policies when it comes to energy, over Romney’s.
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