Poll: Obama winner of third debate
October 25th, 2012
05:21 PM ET
10 years ago

Poll: Obama winner of third debate

(CNN) – A new poll released Thursday shows debate watchers believe President Barack Obama won the third and final presidential debate over Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

The Gallup poll, taken entirely after the last debate focused on foreign policy and held in Boca Raton, Florida, indicated 56% of debate watchers thought Obama did a better job while 33% thought Romney won.

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A CNN/ORC International poll taken after the Florida debate showed Obama with a slight edge over Romney. Forty-eight percent of registered voters who watched the debate thought Obama won while 40% thought Romney did the better job. The president's eight-point advantage over the former Massachusetts governor came among a debate audience that was slightly more Republican than the country as a whole and is just within the survey's sampling error.

The Gallup poll also indicated debate watchers split evenly on which candidate did a better job overall in the three presidential debates. Forty-six percent said Romney did the better job and 44% said Obama - a two point margin that is well within the survey's sampling error.

A Gallup survey taken after the second presidential debate in Hempstead, New York also showed those who watched the second presidential faceoff thought Obama won, 51% to Romney's 38%. Following the first presidential debate in Denver, Colorado and a noticeably lackluster performance from the president, debate watchers believed Romney won by a wider margin, 72% to Obama's 20%.

Thursday's Gallup poll was conducted from October 23-24 among a 746 debate watchers aged 18 and older. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus four percentage points.

–CNN's Dana Davidsen contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Presidential Debate
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Anne

    Obama is a bully in debates, except when he is sleeping. He was a bully with Hillary ("you are likeable enough"), he was with Romney. In the third debate, he looked like a desperate challenger, not like a sitting president. All Romney had to do was to look at him and smile.

    October 25, 2012 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  2. mortgage 411

    You have to love the liberal CNN news..lol It's the only hope the delusional Obama voters have.

    October 25, 2012 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  3. mortgage 411

    Liberal CNN news makes me laugh. Obama's future rides on the delusional reports from CNN and other similar news broadcasts. Romney clearly won the debates and Obama looks sounds like a kook attempting to poke around at Romney. Obama is on the defense for his office. Good luck.

    October 25, 2012 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  4. vet4america

    I would rather live in the"Land of the free and home of the Brave" than the "Land of the freebies and home of the Naive"

    Romney 2012

    October 25, 2012 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  5. lindsay

    i could care less who won the debate. i just want a president who will make positive changes and we all know that obama is not that man. he has done absolutely NOTHING as president (i mean besides golf, go on talk shows and blame bush for his failures as if the past 4 years haven't happened) it boggles my mind that despite everything, people still want obama the failure. it's like bush all over again. this is a man who passed on the keystone pipeline, bows to foreign arab muslim kings, has done nothing for the economy, apologizes to the people that burn our flags and kill our ambassador, is trying to cut our military strength-i could go on and on and on and on and on. if he gets re-elected, we are DOOMED.

    October 25, 2012 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  6. russell schokman

    I thought Romney realized he was over his head when it came to Foreign Policy in the third debate. His best bet was to agree with the president on most issues which he did quite profusely. As an independent voter i have made up my mind to vote for the President in November. Romney is one of those rare Politicians who an talk from three sides of his mouth when the occasion so demands.Definitely not Presidential material.

    October 26, 2012 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  7. albert E

    For someone to endorse or approve his opponent 100%, that person is delusional. Why calling the president your opponent and coming to a debate when you will approve the job of opponent. Approving your opponent means that person is not your opponent. It's too sickening to listen to this idiot that flip flop every time. Americans should open up their eyes. This is pathetic!

    October 26, 2012 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
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