Barack Obama was the clear winner of last night's debate against John McCain, two separate polls conducted for television networks found. Minutes after the debate ended, 40% of uncommitted voters identified Obama as the winner to 26% who said McCain came out on top, CBS News reports. Viewers found Obama more likeable by a 2-to-1 margin, and 68% said they believed the Democratic candidate will make the right decisions on the economy.
In a CNN poll, 54% of debate viewers declared Obama the winner while 30% put McCain ahead. Some 57% found Obama appeared more intelligent to 25% for McCain. "If Obama can use this debate to convince Americans that he is a stronger leader than McCain, he may be difficult to defeat," said the CNN polling director.