October 4th, 2012
12:02 AM ET
10 years ago

CNN/ORC Poll – October 3 – Debate

TOPICS: Debate-watchers reaction to first presidential debate

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  1. GI Joe

    Romney lied the last 6 months, or he lied tonight. Which was it? Or was this just another flip-flop that will change next week?

    I've already voted for Obama/Biden because we don't need a fast-talking used car salesman.

    October 4, 2012 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  2. Whitney H.

    First I want to say that I support Obama and I always will. Now, he unfortunately has a difficult time during debates when it cones to getting what he needs to be said heard. I view him as a very kind hearted individual that does not handle confrontation that well. However, with that being said, he has recently acknowledged this flaw and has since then worked diligently on fixing it! Kudos Mr. President! Mitt had no remorse for walking.g all over Obama and the modorator and then continually going back and forth on his issues making it very difficult to understand him. A lot of childish outburst from a grown man just trying to make HIMSELF more money!! I love the direction Obama is willing to lead and I will be one of many Americans walking right along with this wonderful, courageous, andpy strong willed fellow American that I am so proud to have as my president! FORWARD!!

    October 4, 2012 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  3. juanita

    how can people vote for Mitt he is so rude and disrespectful, Obama just fixed the mess that Bush did in office. Open your eyes.

    October 4, 2012 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  4. Anonymous

    That was awesome! I was one of those undecided voters, but no longer! I honestly felt that it was just a matter of picking the lesser of two evils, but Romney was amazing! And btw, I would take a career business man with a great track record of success over a career politician with a track record of unfulfilled promises any day of the week.

    October 4, 2012 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  5. Joseph

    This is an interesting sample. The sample has a much lower favorability rating for Obama and a higher favorability rating for Romney than the CNN/ORC pool taken last week. 5 points in favor of Romney – was CNN setting up the group to favor Romney beforehand?

    October 4, 2012 12:48 am at 12:48 am |

    I do not think that that mr Romney win any d ebate all reperblican can say that.If the peopleof american people want to go romney the poor and middle class will suffer.So I hope the black and Latino get out and vote for obama.Just when the econmy are picking up mitt well want to take over.mitt want to get american into another war,who are going to pay for it.American look 11years american are fighting awar.dont think its about time american come home to there family.Let those people fight there own war.Obama are on the right track.Bush kill the country and now they want romney.wake up american,let your kids come home from war.american dont need another draff again.

    October 4, 2012 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  7. patricia grenfell

    In my day when we debated you followed the debate rules. You stuck to your point of view and stayed within the limit of your time to debate. You didn't interupt and you let your opponent state their view. I thought the moderator did not make them stick to the rules and the time they were allotted. Mr. Romney interupted many times and appeared angry and rude. I think the moderator allowed this to happen to make this more exciting and give them more audience for the next debate. I won't be one who will be watching. I get more information out of the newspapers.

    October 4, 2012 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  8. Bradley J Cordts

    Romney destroyed him. I actually felt sorry for the president. It was like watching Carter and Reagan.

    October 4, 2012 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  9. DBGF

    Can you "Win" at debate if you continuously lie? In the end I think Obama's civil and honest approach will win out over the course of the 3 debates. They say cool heads prevail, but I do wish he was more aggressive and attacked more in this debate.

    October 4, 2012 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  10. Namedmiller 8

    how clever ali..i mean potus

    October 4, 2012 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  11. Anita

    Mr. Romney put on a better show than President Obama; however, Mr. Romney lacked the specifics we need to hear. Anyone can tell us what America wants and what America needs, but America needs someone with a plan to address the issues we face. By tomorrow, after deeper analysis, Mr. Romney will be the leader in the number of lies told during this first debate. This will weaken his ability to ultimately gain trust. Mr. Romney didn't explain the details of his tax plan, his healthcare plan, or his plan for revising the wall street regulations. Mr. Romney's presentation lacked substance. President Obama seemed much more realistic about where we have been and he shared his plans for how he thinks we can get there. I believe President Obama would better serve the needs of the majority of our country.

    October 4, 2012 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  12. DeAnthony

    What Mimi Ross said is true. High end Japanese business decision makers do the same thing. It's called "Saving Face". So by "Saving face", you allow the speaker to say things that will come back on them when it comes down to "making the decision". This decision being for the 2012 President. So anyways... It was the President's wedding anniversary. Of course he didn't really want to be there. He probably had his mind on something else. Yes the debate is important. I think that if the debate was held on October 4th, it would have gone in a different direction no matter how much Mitt practiced for it. I believe that the next two debates will be pretty tough for Mitt, because the President will win them. So it will be the best of 3 debates. Since Mitt does not reveal how he will pay for the cuts that adds to deficit, how will he fund these programs that he is talking about. When it comes down to his actual figures, " It doesn't add up.".

    October 4, 2012 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  13. Wendy

    Tonight, Romney won! I think he quit early on, I also am shocked about how smart and sharp this Romney has turned out to be. I actually got excited like that feeling that you have hope and believe that this guy knows how to figure out this economy nightmare! I am now sure that Obama will not be getting my vote again!

    October 4, 2012 02:12 am at 2:12 am |
  14. Elizabeth Mitchell

    Romney roasted Obama, Romney did a very good job tonight as for Obama I feel for someone wanting to be re-elected he did not play his cards right

    October 4, 2012 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
  15. Poetic Justice

    The only" debate" our President needs to win in is on election night

    October 4, 2012 02:19 am at 2:19 am |
  16. salamandernewt

    I've watched this debate twice now, and I think people who think President Obama lost this debate are wrong. President Obama did not lose, he simply chose not to fight in the disrespectful manner that Mitt Romney pursued as he stood there all the while with a snide look on his face plastered with a false smile. Romney was like a pitbull let straining on it's leash snapping at his opponent. No wonder President Obama didn't bite...he knew it would be an endless brawl if he let Romney off his leash.
    Barak Obama stated his case in an authentic way, with facts to support, whereas Romney simply attacked everything the President did, he trashed him, thereby drawing away from the fact that he couldn't provide a shed of evidence to support it's possibility!! Mr. Presient...next time you'll need to bring your teeth no matter how ugly it might seem. Your presidency depends on it.

    October 4, 2012 02:25 am at 2:25 am |
  17. detritusscreener@gmail.com

    Obama doesn't want a second term! He is just going through the motions because he is
    all the Democrats have and he still wants to be their idol. He has already made plans and is buying a house in Hawaii.
    He is trying to bow out and take his money and run. He has his own 'Presidential Retirement Welfare'. He couldn't make the changes in our country the way he wanted too. It was harder than he thought it would be to convert the U.S.A. to a Socialist State.
    He is going to get out and collect all the cash he can on his speaking tours and his 'Presidential Library' and reign over the masses of small minds that idol him.

    LIKE it if you know I am right!

    October 4, 2012 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
  18. Ivan B.

    As a Obama Supporter I was shock on how well prepared you were tonight . But Facts are Facts , In Fact your a Good Actor !!!

    October 4, 2012 02:38 am at 2:38 am |
  19. quberth

    Obama will be president hi is the Cheng

    October 4, 2012 02:46 am at 2:46 am |
  20. john Garza

    The debate was eye opening. I am going to now vote Mitt Romney.

    October 4, 2012 03:01 am at 3:01 am |
  21. Brooks king

    Wow what else is there to say but WOW!!! I was an Obama supporter till last night all I can say is how dumb was I to vote for him the first time. Obama showed his ignorance on all the issues at hand and showed that he can not answer for himself. Romney won me over!! Wow what a president he will be!! I think we are seeing the next Bill Clinton or Ronald Regan arguably the two best presidents in American history! All that time on the golf course and getting on the "view" is showing what a horrible president he really is. Obama has no idea what he is doing and I am truly frightend for my daughter, mother and myself, could it be true that Obama really is Al Queda I am truly starting to wonder!!

    October 4, 2012 03:15 am at 3:15 am |
  22. J J

    A person can not win a debate by being so aggressive. I think Mit was very aggressive. By the way the American people should not trust somebody who will say one thing in the public and behind close doors says something else.

    Obama is a game changer. He will definately hit Mit about the 47% comment and about Bain. Just watch and see.

    October 4, 2012 05:36 am at 5:36 am |