The Pew Research Center is out with a new post-debate poll.
The results are dramatically different than their poll in September. Then, Obama was up 51-43 with likely voters. Now Romney is up 49-45 with the same cohort.
And in September, Obama had an 18-point lead over Romney when it came to female voters. Now, they're tied.
More from the report:
More generally, the poll finds Romney’s supporters far more engaged in the campaign than they were in September. Fully 82% say they have given a lot of thought to the election, up from 73% in September. The new survey finds that Romney supporters hold a 15-point advantage over Obama backers on this key engagement measure. Supporters on both sides were about even in September.
Coming out of the debate, Mitt Romney’s personal image has improved. His favorable rating has hit 50% among registered voters for the first time in Pew Research Center surveys and has risen five points since September. At the same time, Obama’s personal favorability rating has fallen from 55% to 49%.
I'm sure Romney supporters are elated with this news, but it's also just a fantastic reminder of how volatile these polls are and how the next few weeks should be a crazy ride.
But if you'd like to review some of the Romney obituaries that ran in the media in the last month, no one will begrudge you.