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CNN Poll: 67% Say Romney Won (+4% Dems)

From a shaken CNN:

CNN Poll: Most watchers say Romney debate winner

CNN Political Unit | October 3rd, 2012

Denver, Colorado (CNN) – Two-thirds of people who watched the first presidential debate think that Republican nominee Mitt Romney won the showdown, according to a nationwide poll conducted Wednesday night.

According to a CNN/ORC International survey conducted right after the debate, 67% of debate watchers questioned said that the Republican nominee won the faceoff, with one in four saying that President Barack Obama was victorious.

Notice that even though their poll found that 67% of viewers thought Romney won, the headline just says "most."

"No presidential candidate has topped 60% in that question since it was first asked in 1984," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

So Romney did even better against Obama than Reagan did against Mondale?

While nearly half of debate watchers said the showdown didn’t make them more likely to vote for either candidate, 35% said the debate made them more likely to vote for Romney while only 18% said the faceoff made them more likely to vote to re-elect the president.

More than six in ten said that president did worse than expected, with one in five saying that Obama performed better than expected…

That has to hurt.

Compare that to the 82% who said that Romney performed better than expected. Only one in ten felt that the former Massachusetts governor performed worse than expected.

"This poll does not and cannot reflect the views of all Americans. It only represents the views of people who watched the debate and by definition cannot be an indication of how the entire American public will react to Wednesday’s debate in the coming days," cautions Holland…

Thank goodness they put in that disclaimer. And remember, this only reflects the views of the people who watched the debates.

But Mr. Holland is probably right. Once the news media explains what happened, more people will realize that Obama really came out ahead.

The sample of debate-watchers in the poll was 37% Democratic and 33% Republican.

So even in this ‘quickie’ poll CNN managed to oversample Democrats by 4%.

Meanwhile, there is this from Business Insider:

Obama Walloped On Intrade Early In Debate

Henry Blodget | Wed October 3, 2012

Mitt Romney got the better of President Obama in several early exchanges in the first presidential debate, and Obama’s Intrade odds reflected it.

Obama began the debate with just under a 71% chance of winning reelection.

After 50 minutes of sparring, his odds had dropped to 67%…

As of 8:30 am (EDT), Obama’s odds has dropped to 66.5%. In fact, they had gone down to 64.5% just a few hours earlier.

Maybe some investors are counting on the news media being able to turn things around for Obama.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, October 4th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “CNN Poll: 67% Say Romney Won (+4% Dems)”

  1. Anonymoose says:

    I knew that Obama would be dragging his feet when he did some photo op a few days before and talked about prepping for the debates was a “real drag.” Instantly that quote was lost to obscurity but it’s still there if you look for it. Really, would any previous president have ever said something like that? Or better yet, look at how the media would have pounced on Romney or Ryan saying something similar.

    Obama’s heart just isn’t in it. The most manufactured candidate in history, a face to present to the public, just isn’t having fun anymore. He liked it when people adored him, when crowds cheered because he simply walked in the door. Most of his life has been an easy affirmative action run–just show up, go through the motions, and get praised for it.

    But now–people have been complaining and saying bad things about him. He’s having to think and work and there’s no tangible reward, it’s like he’s doing all this for nothing.

    I picture him in some back room with his panicked handlers dressing him down about how important this is and how it can cost the election, and he’s just staring at them dully wishing he was playing golf somewhere.

    Honestly I was surprised by this–I knew Romney would put his best foot in but thought we’d get the booming voice Obama blowing off any factual presentation. The media would spin it as best as a draw and tear Romney to pieces over any detail. Well, they’re trying to do that but Obama’s performance was so bad people are seeing into the “Emperor’s New Clothes” act.

    I predict the next two debates will either be more of the same, with the media muffling it any way they can, or Obama will improve by the third debate to at least try to perform, and be presented by the media a a great victory–although I don’t think the public is buying any of it at this point.

    All told, I can’t want to see the Ryan/Biden debates………

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