POLL: Obama Won Debate In Swing States, Everywhere Else

Polls by Public Policy Polling, CBS and CNN declared President Obama the victor of last night’s debate with Governor Romney.


PPP’s post debate poll in the swing states, conducted on behalf of Americans United for Change, finds that Barack Obama was the big winner in tonight’s face off. 53% of those surveyed in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, New Hampshire, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin think Obama was the winner to 42% who pick Romney.

Obama’s winning margin among critical independent voters was even larger than his overall win, with 55% of them picking him as the winner to 40% for Romney. The sense that Obama was the winner is pretty universal across different demographics groups- women (57/39), men (48/45), Hispanics (69/29), African Americans (87/13), whites (49/45), young voters (55/40), and seniors (53/43) all think Obama came out ahead tonight.

Maybe even more important than the sentiment on who won the debate is who folks in these swing states are planning to vote for now: 51% of them say they’re going to support Obama to 45% who stand with Romney. That includes a 46/36 advantage for Obama with independents, and Obama also seems to have made a lot of progress with groups he was previously down by wide margins with. Among men (50/47) and whites (50/46) he is trailing only slightly and with seniors he’s actually ahead 52/47.

Interestingly Obama only came out of the debate as the candidate trusted more on foreign policy by a 51/47 margin, much closer than his overall victory in the face off. That suggests the points Obama scored on ‘off topic’ issues might have been more important than anything he said about foreign policy.


President Obama scored a clear two-to-one victory against Mitt Romney during the final presidential debate Monday night, according to a CBS News instant poll of uncommitted voters.

Immediately after it wrapped, 53 percent of the more than 500 voters polled gave the foreign policy-themed debate to Mr. Obama; 23 percent said Romney won, and 24 percent felt the debate was a tie. Uncommitted voters in similar polls gave the first debate to Romney by a large margin, but said Mr. Obama edged the GOP nominee in the second debate.

Both candidates enjoyed a bump regarding whom the voters trust to handle international crisis. Before the debate, 46 percent said they would trust Romney, and 58 percent said they would trust the president. Those numbers spiked to 49 percent and 71 percent, respectively.

Overwhelmingly, the same group of voters said President Obama would do a better job than Romney on terrorism and national security, 64 percent to 36 percent. But they were evenly split, 50-50, on which candidate would better handle China.

CNN (via the SF Gate):

President Barack Obama won last night’s debate on foreign policy with Republican challenger Mitt Romney, according to a CNN/ORC International poll of 448 registered voters who watched the nationally televised event.

Forty-eight percent of those surveyed said Obama fared better in the final campaign encounter compared with 40 percent for Romney, according to results aired on CNN. The poll found 51 percent thought Obama seemed to be a stronger leader compared with 46 percent for Romney.

Half of those surveyed by CNN said the debate wouldn’t affect how they planned to vote, while 25 percent said they planned to vote for Romney and 24 percent for Obama. The poll had an error margin of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.

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  • BJ McFrisky

    Good for Barack. His biographers will be happy that he left office on a high note.

  • 2eo

    @BJ McFrisky: Heard your friend won’t be leaving hospital. Shame that, was funny though, and deserved.

  • zaneymcbanes

    While this poll number makes me happy, the idea that you can “win” a debate is ridiculous.

  • Cam

    @BJ McFrisky:

    Ahhhh, the guy who can never state anything factual, just make vague comments. If you can’t defend your opinion perhaps you should rethink them.

    I would be curious to hear your thoughts on Romney going before Congress to advocate for an anti-gay amendment to the U.S. constitution.

    Oh but thats right, you Log Cabiners never want to talk about things like that do you?

  • BJ McFrisky

    @Cam: Me, a Log Cabiner? Don’t make me laugh. Shows how little attention you’ve been paying. And really? You think Romney wants an anti-gay amendment to the constitution? What paranoid Lefty filled your head with such BS? Tell you what: You show me where Romney made that specific statement, and I’ll vote for Obama. Swear to God I will. But if you cannot provide it, then we have proof that you’re a wacky wearer of tinfoil hats who spouts lies to boost favor for a poltical candidate.

  • scarloat

    @BJ McFrisky: I think perhaps Cam is referencing this statement made by Romney during a Faith and Freedom Coalition conference call: “I would also propose and promote once again an amendment to the constitution to define marriage as a relationship between a man and a woman.” This can be heard here on YouTube: Romney: Obama Leading “Assaults” on Life, Religion, Marriage. (Source: article)

    In an interview with the Boston Herald he “expressed support for a constitutional amendment that could create a complex three-tier system of marriage — maintaining marriage rights for straight couples, allowing gays who have already married to remain married, but barring future same-sex marriages.” (Source:

    Republican Senator Orrin Hatch (Utah) reacted to this by saying he “prefers that the matter be left up to states to decide, and that individual states have the right to support gay marriage if they so choose”. (Source:

  • Aidan8

    @BJ McFrisky: He signed NOM’s Pledge (see

    His campaign clarified this past Saturday that he supports a marriage amendment. “BUCHANAN: Governor Romney supports a federal marriage amendment to the Constitution that defines marriage as an institution between a man and a woman.”


  • BJ McFrisky

    Nice try, marriage enthusiasts, but what I asked for was proof that he wants to add an ANTI-GAY amendment to the Constitution, as Cam stated, not whether or not he’s pro-gay marriage. As usual, in an attempt to prove how noble you are and how ignoble Romney is, you end up with egg on your face by making it all about the marriage thing (plus, you apparently forgot that one of Romney’s key campaign people was openly gay Richard Grennel). Again: Nice try, but epic fail. No one wants an anti-gay amendment to the constitution. Show me that, and I’ll cross over to the dark side with the rest of you.

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