Mitt Romney holds a 2-point edge over President Barack Obama in the first installment of Gallup's daily tracking poll to use "likely voters," which was released on Tuesday.
The poll, conducted over seven days from Oct. 2 until Oct. 8, shows Romney with a narrow national lead, 49 percent to 47 percent. Obama leads among the broader sample of registered voters, 49 percent to 46 percent.
Gallup reported on Monday that Romney saw an immediate bounce in the three days following the Oct. 3 debate. But Monday's tracking poll, which still used a registered voter sample, showed Obama leading by 5 points while boasting an approval rating 51 percent. The president's approval rating, based on a 3-day rolling average with a sample of American adults, ticked up to 53 percent in Tuesday's release.
Romney has re-claimed the lead following last week's debate in the PollTracker Average, which currently shows the Republican nominee up by nearly 3 points.