Archive for Sunday, September 28, 2008

2 quick polls give Obama edge in debate

September 28, 2008


— A pair of one-night polls gave Barack Obama a clear edge over John McCain in their first presidential debate.

Fifty-one percent said Obama, the Democrat, did a better job in Friday's faceoff, while 38 percent preferred the Republican McCain, according to a CNN-Opinion Research Corp. survey of adults.

Obama was widely considered more intelligent, likable and in touch with peoples' problems, and by modest margins was seen as the stronger leader and more sincere. Most said it was McCain who spent more time attacking his opponent.

About six in 10 said each did a better job than expected. Seven in 10 said each seemed capable of being president.

In a CBS News poll of people not committed to a candidate, 39 percent said Obama won the debate, 24 percent said McCain and 37 percent called it a tie. Twice as many said Obama understands their needs than said so about McCain.

Seventy-eight percent said McCain is prepared to be president, about the same proportion of uncommitted voters as said so before the debate. Sixty percent said Obama is ready - a lower score than McCain, but a solid 16-percentage-point improvement from before the debate.

In another Obama advantage in the CBS poll, far more said their image of him had improved as a result of the debate than said it had worsened. More also said their view of McCain had gotten better rather than worse, but by a modest margin.


bad_dog 9 years, 4 months ago

I hear what your saying madmike, but according to surveys conducted by the Pew Research Center, they are still the most "believable". Fox is 9th of 12 major media outlets in terms of believability.

beatrice 9 years, 4 months ago

That's it mike, blame the messenger. Just curious if I can get an honest answer -- do you believe McCain absolutely cleaned house with Obama at the debate, or are you willing to admit that it was at least close (you giving the nod to McCain, of course)? I thought it was close, but I do feel Obama won by a slight margin (I'll admit to being biased, looking and hoping for Obama to do well, which he did). I hated the fact that McCain wouldn't even look at Obama throughout the entire debate. I thought that was very telling. We simply can't afford another president who pretends that the other side doesn't even exist or that all policies are meant to help a certain segment of the population.

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