Voters in three swing states see more strong leadership qualities in Romney than Obama; in another poll of swing states we find the debate didn't change that many people's minds; a small number of debate watchers do so on two screens; and the national tracking polls once again conflict. Here's our guide to today's polls and why they matter.
Findings: In Colorado, Virginia, and Wisconsin Romney's looking more like a leader than Obama. Whereas 54 percent, 62 percent, and 59 percent of likely voters in the three states, respectively, think Obama has "strong leadership qualities," 67 percent, 64 percent, and 65 percent think Romney does.
Pollster: Quinnipiac/New York Times/CBS News
Methodology: Survey of 1,254 likely Colorado voters, 1,288 likely Virginia voters, and 1,327 likely Wisconsin voters from October 4 through 9 with a margin of error of +/-3 percentage points.
Why it matters: Post-debate Romney looks more like a leader than President Obama, and Michael D. Shear and Megan Thee-Brenan at the Times write that "the poll suggested that Mr. Romney had gained strength in a number of ways since last month."
Caveat: Shear and Thee-Brennan also point out indications that Obama still has something to hold on to: the outlook on economics and being relatable. And as our Elspeth Reeve wrote this morning, this poll, along with one from NBC and the Wall Street Journal, shows that the campaign is essentially back to where it was all summer.