So, we’ve all been arguing about who won. The data, not the opinions, is beginning to come in. And it looks like Obama won the debate, pretty decisively:

For what it’s worth: The Frank Luntz and Stanley Greenberg focus groups went overwhelmingly for Obama. And a CBS poll of undecideds went for Obama 40%-22%.

Granted these aren’t very good polls, but that’s a huge margin of victory.

Just to point out what’s obvious in retrospect: McCain might have arguably done a better technical job of debating and the transcript may look like a victory for him, but he came across horribly: brittle, old, condescending and downright mean. You wouldn’t want to have beer with this guy, that’s for sure.

Update. 

 CNN/OPINION RESEARCH CORPORATION POLL OF DEBATE WATCHERS

 Who Did the Best Job In the Debate?

Obama             51%

McCain            38%

 Who Would Better Handle Economy?

Obama            58%

McCain           37%

 Who Would Better Handle Iraq?

Obama            52%

McCain           47%

Ian Welsh

Ian Welsh

Ian Welsh was the Managing Editor of FireDogLake and the Agonist. His work has also appeared at Huffington Post, Alternet, and Truthout, as well as the now defunct Blogging of the President (BOPNews). In Canada his work has appeared in Pogge.ca and BlogsCanada. He is also a social media strategy consultant and currently lives in Toronto.

His homeblog is at http://www.ianwelsh.net/

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