That's slightly better than their last poll before the presidential debate, which was 49-47.
It's 50-43 in favor of Obama among registered voters, and 51-46 in favor of Obama among likely voters in swing states (Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin).
Some interesting details too:
Other fundamentals — many of them more challenging for Romney — remain in place. He’s still very broadly seen as likely to favor the wealthy and as not having offered enough details about his polices. He’s even with — but not ahead of — Obama in trust to fix the economy, and in the expectation it’ll improve under his leadership.Obama is looking strong on the issues, too, leading handily on medicare, handling a crisis, and international affairs, and by small (non-significant) margins on taxes, the economy, and health care. The only polled issue that favors Romney is the deficit.
Romney’s weaker than Obama in ratings of honesty and trustworthiness, and continues to trail in economic empathy and personal likeability alike, the latter by a 2-1 margin. Romney’s about even with Obama on two other attributes, strong leadership and — fundamental to their campaign arguments — having a better sense of the right size and role of government.
What seems to have really propped up Romney (surprise, surprise) is his debate performance. 35% of those polled came away with a more favorable impression of Romney as a result of the debate, while 19% came away with a less favorable impression of Obama. You have to think that if Obama has a strong debate on Tuesday, then the first debate will be neutralized to a large extent, and Obama's strong fundamentals and his lead on the issues will push him to a bigger lead.