Scientific Poll

(CNN) – Debate watchers were divided on who won the second presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, according to a new nationwide poll released late Tuesday night.

The CNN/ORC International survey indicates 46% of debate watches say Obama won the debate, while 39% say Romney fared better. The seven-point margin falls within the poll’s sampling error.

Meanwhile, 73% said Obama did better than expected, compared to 37% who said the same about Romney.

The results offer a stark contrast from the first presidential showdown on October 3, when 67% of debate watchers said Romney fared better while 25% said Obama won the debate.

In their second of three debates, Obama and Romney faced off Tuesday at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley moderated the event.

Both candidates were on the offensive in the 90-minute showdown. The heated exchange was marked by multiple interruptions and forceful attack lines launched by both candidates.

For the survey, 457 registered voters who watched the debate were interviewed by telephone on Tuesday. All interviews were conducted after the end of the debate. The poll has a sampling error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.

Looking at party breakdown, 33% said they were Republicans and 33% said they were Democrats.


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. WakeUpAmerica
    Oct 17, 2012 @ 04:17:15

    Romney came off as an entitled, petulant, bully child last night. It’s obvious that he isn’t used to being challenged. As I watched some of his outbursts when he wanted to talk longer or out of turn, I could imagine him behaving that way as the President of the United States negotiating with a foreign power. Wouldn’t that be classy?


  2. jk
    Oct 17, 2012 @ 07:30:29

    I worry for our future if that many people thought Romney won that debate.


  3. Kate (@AKRNHSNC)
    Oct 18, 2012 @ 20:42:36

    Romney reacted in just the way I imagined he would considering his behavior during the primaries. As the other poster said, he isn’t used to being challenged. Not only is he not used to being challenged but he still thinks he’s the “boss” and that’s the attitude he’s going to take into the White House. He won’t be working for the people, he’ll be working on what will continue to enrich him and his cronies.

    When I think of him with our allies and their leaders, I cringe at the thought of him and his condescending attitude that is so frequently on display. The President is supposed to work FOR the American people, but that certainly doesn’t make him their boss despite Romney’s mistaken ideas of what the Presidency would enable him to do on day one.

    Let’s all pray we never have to picture Romney in the White House and that he can go back to one of his houses and spend his days counting his money or whatever it is he does with his spare time.


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