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A Better Debate Performance for Obama

President Obama performed better in the second debate than the first, although given the low bar he set with his first performance that wasn’t hard. The instant polling shows that Obama is seen as having won the second debate but only by a small margin. From CNN:

Forty-six percent of voters who watched Tuesday night’s presidential debate said that the president won the showdown, according to a CNN/ORC International nationwide poll conducted right after Tuesday night’s faceoff here at Hofstra University on New York’s Long Island. Thirty-nine percent questioned said Republican nominee Mitt Romney did the better job.

Obama’s seven-point advantage came among a debate audience that was somewhat more Republican than the country as a whole and is within the survey’s sampling error.

The CBS poll of undecided voters also gave Obama a modest edge. From CBS News:

President Obama edged Mitt Romney for a win in the second presidential debate Tuesday night, 37 percent of uncommitted voters said in a CBS News instant poll.

Moments following the debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., 37 percent of voters polled said the president won, 30 percent awarded the victory to Romney, and 33 percent called it a tie. After some particularly animated exchanges between the two candidates, 55 percent of voters said Mr. Obama gave direct answers, but 49 percent also said that about Romney.

Obama’s debate performance last night was strong enough that it should probably stop any remaining bleeding from the first debate, but was probably not dominant enough to significantly swing the polling in his direction.

 

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A Better Debate Performance for Obama

President Obama performed better in the second debate than the first, although given the low bar he set with his first performance that wasn’t hard. The instant polling shows that Obama is seen as having won the second debate but only by a small margin. From CNN:

Forty-six percent of voters who watched Tuesday night’s presidential debate said that the president won the showdown, according to a CNN/ORC International nationwide poll conducted right after Tuesday night’s faceoff here at Hofstra University on New York’s Long Island. Thirty-nine percent questioned said Republican nominee Mitt Romney did the better job.

Obama’s seven-point advantage came among a debate audience that was somewhat more Republican than the country as a whole and is within the survey’s sampling error.

The CBS poll of undecided voters also gave Obama a modest edge. From CBS News:

President Obama edged Mitt Romney for a win in the second presidential debate Tuesday night, 37 percent of uncommitted voters said in a CBS News instant poll.

Moments following the debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., 37 percent of voters polled said the president won, 30 percent awarded the victory to Romney, and 33 percent called it a tie. After some particularly animated exchanges between the two candidates, 55 percent of voters said Mr. Obama gave direct answers, but 49 percent also said that about Romney.

Obama’s debate performance last night was strong enough that it should probably stop any remaining bleeding from the first debate, but was probably not dominant enough to significantly swing the polling in his direction.

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Jon Walker

Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at http://pendinghorizon.com

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