After a week of backlash stemming from a leaked recording where he made unfavorable comments about voters, Mitt Romney has seen a slight drop in the polls. The Republican nominee is behind the president by five percent in a Reuters/Lpsos poll. As it stands the commander in chief is ahead by 48 percent to Romney’s 43 percent.

In important battleground states, Iowa, Colorado, and Wisconsin, President Obama boasts as much as an eight-percent lead ahead of Romney, according to a Wall Street Journal/NBC News/Marist Poll. The aforementioned figures are important to the former governor’s campaign as the three states are important in catapulting him to a victory.

However, polling results may be skewed, given a 3.1 percent margin of error, and an over-sampling of Democratic voters versus Independent voters.

Voters were surveyed just as news of Romney’s statements at a secretly recorded private fundraising event hit the ‘Net, and could shift next week after the public has had time to digest the 65-year-old’s views, which will likely damage his public image.

In North Carolina, Republicans have requested more absentee ballots than Democrats. Yet in Iowa, Democrats have requested 100,000 ballots compared to 16,073 on the Republican side “I see the early vote numbers, and I grimace a little bit,” noted former political director, Craig Robinson of Iowa. “It feels like an Obama state. The president has been more accessible to voters than Romney and Ryan.

No matter the news, Romney’s campaign remains unfazed. “Polls are going to go this way and that way,” said Ryan. “But at the end of the day, if we do our jobs right, and we will, the country will have a really clear choice.”

The brunt of Romney’s week has been focused on changing the public perception. Appearing in Florida this week, the former governor announced that his goal is to unify the country, by focusing on “100 percent” of Americans, despite his divisive comments leaked online.

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