Poll: Debate watchers thought Obama won
October 19th, 2012
04:34 PM ET
2 years ago

Poll: Debate watchers thought Obama won

(CNN) - A new poll of those who watched Tuesday's presidential debate shows results largely in line with the CNN/ORC International survey of debate watchers conducted the night of the matchup.

Gallup found debate watchers thought President Barack Obama performed significantly stronger this week than he did in his first debate. In a 13-point split, 51% said Obama won and 38% gave the win to Republican challenger Mitt Romney. One in 10 said neither candidate won.

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Independents broke 54% for Obama and 33% for Romney, Gallup found.

The separate CNN survey conducted on Tuesday night showed those who watched the Hempstead, New York face-off leaned towards Obama, 46% to 39%, although the seven-point difference was within the sampling error of plus or minus 4.5 points.

Both campaigns claimed victory Tuesday night and in the days which followed. The debate was moderated by CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley.

The breakdown was significantly different from the Gallup poll following the first presidential debate, on October 3. Seventy two percent said Romney won, while only 20% gave Obama the win.

The CNN poll conducted after the first debate also showed a Romney win.

Friday's Gallup poll included telephone interviews conducted between October 17 and 18 of 813 adults who say they watched Tuesday's debate. It has a sampling error of plus or minus four points.

The next debate will be held Monday in Boca Raton, Florida and will focus on foreign policy and national security.

– CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report


Filed under: 2012 • Debate • Mitt Romney • Polls • President Obama
soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Namejkane sfl a vote for lady parts romney the tax cheat and lyin lady parts ryan willcut your moms medicare and soc sec . .can you afford to pay for them???

    Obama won and romney was strutting and I think he crapped his pants and looked like the corp bully he really is.

    October 19, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  2. pcalif

    Isn't this old news?

    October 19, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  3. NEVER to VOTE REPUBLICAN again

    God Bless the POTUS!

    October 19, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  4. Michael

    The results after the all votes have been counted are all that really matters, but the debate win was a much needed rebound for President Obama. He needed that win as badly as Romney needed to win the first debate. He seems to be back on track and he seems to have stifled the momentum that Romney gained from the first debate and that was crucial.

    October 19, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  5. Penny Wright

    "I would never send American armed forces into Pakistan unilaterally, even after a high value target." – Mitt Romney

    October 19, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Polls are nice...aren't they?!
    The fact of the matter is that President Obama OBLITERATED Romney AND, as an added an all important bonus, showed him up to be the LIAR that he is to the 65 MILLION people that tuned in to watch.

    God IS great isn't he?!

    Just say NO to ROMNESIA America!!
    Obama 2012.

    October 19, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    CNN wants people to believe that........but I know lots of people, who feel totally the opposite.

    It really is too bad, that the Democratic Party has taken such total control of CNN, as when Ted Turner owned it, it was a top notch news network. Now......well it has become nothing but a democratic Party propagandist network, Full of half truths, lies, and deception, regarding the Democrats, and pushing the democratic agenda, in a totally propagandist manner.

    October 19, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  8. Pete

    That debate showed Romney just how vunerable he is with the president using his own words against him,yah can't argue against yourself and the president shoved Romneys words right down his throat..And now he shows voters how much a pathelogical liar he is at changing stances to pander to any crowd no matter who they are.He's even got Billy Graham backing him but that's easy just put a few bucks in the churches coffers and ole senile Graham will sing to any tune ,once against the Mormon cult he says ,now he's with them,money does make strange bed fellows don't it!!And we'll see if Romney makes the elections because of the ponzi scheme he and Tagg are involved in,7-9 billion in investors money is missing and these two and Allan Stanford are responsible,but Stanford is serving a 110 year sentence for the scheme and racketeering so its down to the Romney guys to tell where the money is,strange how karma works,sometimes for yah,sometimes against.Maybe this is the October surprise everyone is talking about ,ha republicans,any more surprises up your sleeves!!!

    October 19, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  9. Name

    ALERT: THERE IS A MAN RUNNING AROUND DISORIENTED!! ...The guy looks like he caught that disease called "ROMNESIA!!" Ooh my...it's a liar...it's a loser...it's MITT ROMNEY!!!

    October 19, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  10. don in albuquerque

    Of course President Obama won. By the time it was over MittWitt looked like he had just swallowed a toad, and could hardly wait to get off stage. Hurts to have your face laughed in, don't it.

    October 19, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  11. thinking outside the box

    Rick McDaniel – CNN wants people to believe that........but I know lots of people, who feel totally the opposite.
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    No offence Rick, but I'm going out on a limb and saying that the "lots of people" you know are not a representative sample of all people that watched the debate.

    But beyond that, the people that watched the debate are likely not a representative sample of likely voters. And that's the important thing. If you are going to blast poll results, blast it for the methodology. Not because you and the "lots of people" you know do not agree with the results.

    October 19, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  12. joe

    romney is just plane snarky and unlikeable. He is rude and interupts and shows nothing but disrespect to the office of president and to the modorator. His son is just as disrepectful saying he wanted to take a swing at the president. I guess thats how you settle things when you are rich. Forward. Romnesia for sure

    October 19, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  13. Pete

    @Rick McDaniel,its the intelligent ones that said the president won,why don't you step back with the rest of your republicans clowns,you've picked another loser,loser,its historic as well as pathedic!!

    October 19, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  14. Woman In California

    Of course he won – why do you think the Romney's had such hateful, disrespectful faces? You could clearly see Ann was still angry last night, as she knows her chances became real slim after Wednesday's debate. The president did such a good job, Tagg Romney (replace the "T" with an "F") wanted to take a swing at him, which we all know he's NOT MAN enough to do although, Lawrence O'Donnell has invited the "boy" to do just that.

    October 19, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  15. Ramon

    Even a blind person knows that OBAMA won the debate. Now, can you tell me what Romnesia knows about foreign policy? It is obious that Romnesia will loost the third too. To many zinger for him to remember. It is a matter of Judgement, not the Zinger.

    October 19, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  16. RoMoney's Horse

    I make a RoMoney noise when I walk. Flippity Flop, Flippity Flop, Flippity Flop. Neeeeeeeeeee.

    October 19, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  17. don in albuquerque

    Is'nt threatening the President still kind of a crime? Oh he was only joking.........kind of like the guy who screams FIRE in a crowded theater laughed afterward, so he was only joking. I guess when you have enough money though you don't worry about silly things like laws. It's all a matter of semantics, just like the terrorist thing in the Rose Garden.

    October 19, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  18. Peggy Munro

    The President won.

    October 19, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  19. Marie MD

    Mr. Governor proceed . . . . keep stepping in it which the twit did.
    He lied about the binder of women, he lied about his five points, he lied about getting though with China when he and bain are sending jobs to China and closing a factory in Illinois. The folks losing their jobs have had sit in and have gone to jail because of it.
    The bully bishop has factories in China. You really think he is going to bring jobs he sent over there and to India and Mexico back?

    October 19, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  20. ronb

    No, Obama didn't just WIN the debate. He CRUSHED Romney and made him look like a complete fool. Like the sorry little rich kid who thinks he's going to get picked to play on someone's team. Sorry, Willard. We have an odd number and you're out for right now. Try again in 4 yrs. LOL I'll bet the GOP is dreading that thought!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!!

    October 19, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  21. A little sad

    Rick McDaniel

    CNN wants people to believe that........but I know lots of people, who feel totally the opposite.

    It really is too bad, that the Democratic Party has taken such total control of CNN, as when Ted Turner owned it, it was a top notch news network. Now......well it has become nothing but a democratic Party propagandist network, Full of half truths, lies, and deception, regarding the Democrats, and pushing the democratic agenda, in a totally propagandist manner.

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    And yet you come here daily to post the Faux news propaganda. Please remember to come back after Romney's concession speech so we can all watch your head explode.

    October 19, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  22. Republican Thinking

    You people just don't get it, do you?

    When the tightie-righties like the poll numbers, they are great. When they don't like the poll outcomes, they are "skewed."

    I am guessing that in about 2 weeks after Obama skewers Romney in the foreign policy debate on Monday, we'll be hearing these righties whining about the skewed polls again.

    October 19, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  23. Woman In California

    @ Rick McDaniel

    For God's sake what is wrong with you people? Everytime the president does or has anything in his favor, you blame and attack the media or the moderater (depending on the situation). Grow up and quit being so paranoid, it's not becoming and it just shows how truly AFRAID your party is of the president.

    October 19, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  24. Data Driven

    This is excellent news!! For Romney!!!

    October 19, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |