Presidential Debate – Who Won?

Bill Hitchcock October 23, 2012 0
Presidential Debate – Who Won?

Presidential Debate – Who Won?

The presidential debate results have started flowing in. Three things have become clear. The president is considered to have slightly “won” the debate but it won’t add up to more votes. But what really is becoming more and clearer is the reaction to Obama’s “snarky” meaner demeanor.

The presidential debate results we have here include sources like NBC, The Huffington Post, CBS, CNN, NY Times, Fox and Bloomberg Businessweek. Push poll information from the Romney and Obama debatet is included. 


“Deploying the weapon of mockery, President Barack Obama used the third and final debate Monday night to try to portray his Republican challenger Mitt Romney as entirely out of his depth on foreign policy, a tactic Republicans portrayed as over-the-top and ineffective afterwards.”

“And Obama used sarcasm to ridicule Romney: “You mentioned the Navy, for example, and that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916. Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of our military’s changed.”


“Give the slight edge to President Obama.Thanks to an aggressive performance and a couple of zingers, a plurality of debate watchers questioned in a national survey say that the president won his final faceoff with Republican nominee Mitt Romney.”

Fox News

Presidential Debate “If the third presidential debate set the tone for the final two weeks of the campaign, then expect President Obama to mock and deride his opponent all the way to the finish line and Mitt Romney to keep hammering the economy above all else.”

“Obama’s performance Monday night was widely seen as dismissive of Romney, often snarky. His most memorable line came when he chastised Romney for complaining that the Navy has shrunk.”  

NY Times

“Picking up where he left off in the previous debate, Mr. Obama went on offense from the start, lacerating his challenger….” 

Presidential Debate on CBS

“Poll: Sizeable win for Obama in final presidential debate. In a poll of 521 uncommitted voters conducted immediately after the final presidential debate, 53% of these said President Obama was the winner, 23% think Romney won, another 24% feel the debate was a tie.”

Huffington Post

Uncommitted voters in a CBS poll gave Obama a clear victory in the third round, with 53 percent saying he won the debate, while 23 percent said Romney won and 24 percent said it was a tie. In the first debate, 46 percent of uncommitted voters told CBS that Romney won.

CBS reported on the air that only about 11 percent of likely voters qualify as uncommitted voters in its screening. That suggests that in spite of a clear victory among those voters, neither Obama nor Romney have much room to move voters at this point in the campaign.

Bloomberg Businessweek

“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.

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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Presidential Debate – Who Won?

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