Poll: Romney Closes Healthcare Gap With Obama

Romney’s performance in last Wednesday’s Presidential Debate has closed the gap between the two candidates when it comes matters of healthcare, according to the Pew Research Center.

Prior to the first presidential debate, Obama held a significant lead on issues of healthcare and Medicare, but the two candidates now run about even on both issues.

In the latest national survey, conducted Oct. 4-7 by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, 47 percent of those polled said they believe Obama would be better deal with healthcare, compared the 44 percent that responded in support of Romney. These numbers have changed from September’s poll in which 52 percent of those polled answered that Obama would better handle healthcare, and 39 percent said Romney.

When asked about who would do a better job dealing with Medicare, Romney has closed in on Obama. Forty-six percent said Obama, and 43 percent said Romney, compared to September’s poll in which 51 percent said Obama would be better, and 38 percent said Romney.

Swing-state voters still favor Obama on both issues. Forty three percent said Obama would do better with Medicare, with just 26 percent answering Romney. When asked about healthcare, 47 percent said Obama would do better and 26 percent said Romney.