In one month, an 11-percentage-point lead held by President Barack Obama has dwindled to 4 points, according to a survey by Franklin and Marshall College’s Center for Opinion Research. …

She noticed it just after the first debate, on October 3, which boosted Romney’s national poll numbers after his strong performance. All of a sudden, she said, Romney-Ryan lawn signs started popping up in Doylestown and now they are all over the place. …

Of the registered voters polled, 47 percent said Romney was the “most prepared to fix our economic problems,” versus 42 percent for Obama. That was almost exactly the reverse of the result in Franklin and Marshall’s poll taken in September.

The unemployment rate in Pennsylvania has been stubborn, increasing slightly in September to 8.2 percent, versus the national rate’s decline in the same month to 7.8 percent. …

“For the first time I can remember, we have no shortage of volunteers,” said Joseph Flood, a local Republican committeeman.