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The presidential polls are being watched closely following the second presidential debate, and the first Gallup Daily Tracking poll since Tuesday's face off has shown Republican Mitt Romney opening up a clear lead against President Barack Obama among both registered and likely voters on Wednesday.
Romney's performance in the polls has been strengthening consistently since the first presidential debate which took place two weeks ago, and that trend seems to have continued.
On Wednesday the Gallup Daily Tracking poll found that Romney now leads the president among registered voters by 48 percent to 46 percent.
Just a week ago Obama was in the lead in the same poll with a five point advantage.
Among likely voters Romney has also continued to see a surge. Just earlier this week the GOP candidate held just a small two point lead, but Wednesday's poll revealed that that has increased further by four points to give Romney a clear six point advantage. According to the poll Romney was supported by 51 percent of likely voters, where as Obama claimed just 45 percent.
The poll results are in contrast to the second presidential debate on Tuesday night which saw President Obama come out swinging, being more aggressive and attacking his rival at every opportunity. Various polls and pundits claimed that Obama had edged the debate, although the major consensus was that no knock out blow was landed and the debate was by no means any kind of "game-changer."
Wednesday's Gallup Daily Tracking also showed no change in Obama's approval and disapproval ratings from Tuesday's poll; his approval remained at 49 percent, and his disapproval was static at 45 percent.
Following Tuesday's fiery debate between Obama and Romney most pundits predicted Obama had at least halted the bleed of fleeing support, and with the presidential election still too close to call the coming three weeks and final debate will see everything still to play for.
The final presidential debate takes place at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla on Oct. 22 and will focus on foreign policy. The presidential election takes place on Nov. 6.