In the most recent Pew poll, Romney pulled even with Obama among women, pulled ahead of him in the Midwest, and blunted nearly every advantage Obama had. The Pew Poll also showed Romney leading Obama by 4 points nationally among likely voters, which represented a 12-point swing from a month ago.
But what may be the most important finding from the survey is that even after Obama and Democrats have spent millions trying to paint Romney as a plutocrat, Romney is tied with Obama among middle class voters as a whole and has surged past Obama among voters who make $75,000-$150,000 a year.
Among voters who live in households with incomes between $75,000 and $150,000, 54% said Romney's policies would best help the middle class, which was up 10 points from July. On the other hand, 42% of those in this income bracket felt Obama's policies would best help the middle class, which is down 6 points from July.
This represents a 16-point swing in favor of Romney among voters in what may be this election season's most important income bracket.
In addition, Romney made even more significant gains among voters with incomes of $150,000 or more. In July, Romney trailed Obama among these voters on the question of which candidate could best help the middle class by three points (50%-47%). Now, 68% of voters with incomes above $150,000 think Romney's policies will best help the middle class while only 43% think Obama's will.
This is a 28-point swing in Romney's favor.
Democrats have tried to use Romney's taxes and tenure at Bain specifically to hurt Romney on the question of whose policies can best help the middle class, but these findings are more proof Romney's debate performance --without the filter of the mainstream media -- was essentially a reset button for his campaign.