Obama Takes Round 2: Polls

Dem grabs clear debate victory in CBS, CNN polls
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 8, 2008 2:08 AM CDT
John McCain speaks as Barack Obama listens during the town hall-style presidential debate at Belmont University in Nashville.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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(Newser) – 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.