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Pa. poll shows Romney more favorable following debate

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A new poll shows Pennsylvania is well within Mitt Romney's reach in the November presidential election.

The poll of likely voters by Susquehanna Polling and Research of Harrisburg was taken in the three days immediately following the first presidential debate on October 3 and shows Barack Obama leading Romney by two points, 47-45 percent.

Romney, however, now holds a 48-42 percent favorable to unfavorable rating, up nine points from a 39-43 percent favorable to unfavorable rating in polls conducted by SP&R from June through September.

The Republican challenger now enjoys a better positive image than the incumbent President, who has a 50-47 percent favorable to unfavorable rating.

According to the poll, 76 percent of Pennsylvania voters said they watched the first debate and two percent said they switched their vote from Obama to Romney based on what they saw.

Four percent of voters said they remain undecided. When undecided voters leaning toward a candidate are factored in, breaking 3:1 for Romney, the race narrows to a one-point lead for Obama, 47-46.

Among those who say they have an "excellent" chance of voting, Romney leads 47-46 percent.

The statewide telephone poll of 725 likely voters was conducted October 4-6 and has a margin or error or plus-or-minus 3.7 percent.

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