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Obama Given Edge Over Romney in Post-Debate Polls

by Keith Koffler on October 17, 2012, 12:04 am

Both the CBS and CNN post-debate snap polls gave President Obama an edge over Gov. Mitt Romney, though Obama’s victory was so narrow it’s not clear whether it will help him make up the drop in the polls that occurred after his disastrous performance in the first debate two weeks ago.

CBS found that 37 percent believe Obama won the debate compared to 30 percent who thought Romney did, while 33 percent called it a tie. The poll had a margin of error of four points. According to the CNN survey, 46 percent said Obama won and 39 percent said Romney came out on top, though the seven point spread was within the poll’s margin of error.

While Obama clearly needed to have a good night to stop the hemorrhaging, it’s less clear that what is basically a tie will help him come back. Romney proved to many during the first debate that he can stand on equal footing with the president and has a strong command of the issues, and his performance Tuesday night did nothing to diminish newly positive perceptions of him that he earned in the first debate.

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gobnait October 17, 2012 at 12:08 am

63% either gave it to Romney or called it a draw. That’s no victory for Obama.

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SnarkEsq. October 17, 2012 at 12:14 am

In that same CBS poll, the undecided voters think Romney would do better handling the economy than would Obumer by a margin of 65 to 34%:

As for who would do a better job of handling the economy, the president made some headway on closing that gap. Before the debate, 71 percent said they believed Romney would, while only 27 percent said they thought Obama would; after the debate, 34 percent said the president would better handle the economy, with 65 percent saying Romney would.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57533850/poll-obama-edges-romney-in-second-debate/

In other words, Barry is toast.

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SnarkEsq. October 17, 2012 at 12:15 am

Damn, I did it again. That last line is mine, not CBS’. Although, that should seem fairly obvious, lol.

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Just2old October 17, 2012 at 7:44 am

That was my impression as well. This election is about the economy…Mitt clearly won on those points. See barry

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cindy lou October 17, 2012 at 3:19 am

Given an edge? spin spin spin

the only edge in the debate was Romney edging obama out the door.

This is one election where substance will win over style, a good orthodontist and tooth whitening treatments can only get you so far

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Steve Hall October 17, 2012 at 6:21 am

Obama and his surrogates mislead America about the Benghazi terrorist attack for 14 days including his remarks to the UN on 9/26/2012. Obviously, his remark on 9/12/2012, in the Rose Garden, classifying the attack as an act of terror was taken out of context. His prior sentence refered to offending Muslims with the video. How will he spin this obvious falsehood before the next debate on Foreign Affairs?

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Steve Hall October 17, 2012 at 6:29 am

If Obama would spend more time attending his Presidential Daily Briefings he wouldn’t have to learn of his Benghazi security problems from Chris Steven’s journal.

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OldTimer October 17, 2012 at 8:16 am

I watch TV from the computer. I tried C Span and it would not open so I switched and watched from FOX. In the post debate they had a segment with pollster Frank Luntz with a group of undecided votes from Las Vegas. They thought Romney won. Obama came across as an empty suit. One lady was impressed with Romney’s plan to do away with capital gains taxes. I think the polls are for Obama and the real world is for Romney.

Obama can not stand in the light of day when the shield the press had put up to protect him is removed. He has had a free ride these 4 years. He can not handle tough questions because he has no record to stands on. The public can see he is an empty suit. Candy Crowley did her best to keep up the shield for him..

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DeniseVB October 17, 2012 at 8:42 am

Not being able to defend his record and blurting out “that’s not true” to every factual statement Romney made (even with an assist by Crowley), I don’t see a victory “edge” for Obama.

Obama needed a slam dunk and he didn’t get that because there was nothing presidential about him last night.

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Madame deFarge October 17, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Romney is great with facts. It’s easy to mix up things Obama says because it’s usually so muddled. During the 2008 campaign it became standard to use WORM (What Obama Really Meant) following any speech or debate because his minions were always left to explain. I can’t wait to see them leaving the White House for good.

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wolfgang Halbig October 29, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Why does anybody today want to have nine children or more when they cannot afford even one child. The fathers refuse to pay child support, they don’t live at the home with his children.

Why does anybody today want to have 12 or more children when the father is not even around to teach them about all the opportunities that await them through education and not selling drugs.

Why?

‘They’re standing on the corner and they can’t speak English.

I can’t even talk the way these people talk:

Why you ain’t,
Where you is,
What he drive,
Where he stay,
Where he work,
Who you be…

And I blamed the kid until I heard the mother talk.

And then I heard the father talk.

Everybody knows it’s important to speak English except these knuckleheads. You can’t be a doctor with that kind of crap coming out of your mouth.
In fact you will never get any kind of job making a decent living.

People marched and were hit in the face with rocks to get an Education, and now we’ve got these knuckleheads walking around.

The lower economic people are not holding up their end in this deal.

These people are not parenting. They are buying things for kids.

$500 sneakers for what?

And they won’t spend $200 for Hooked on Phonics.

I am talking about these people who cry when their son is standing there in an orange suit.

Where were you when he was 2?

Where were you when he was 12?

Where were you when he was 18 and how come you didn’t know that he had a pistol?

And where is the father? Or who is his father?

People putting their clothes on backward:
Isn’t that a sign of something gone wrong?

People with their hats on backward, pants down around the crack, isn’t that a sign of something?

Isn’t it a sign of something when she has her dress all the way up and got all type of needles [piercing] going through her body?

What part of Africa did this come from?

We are not Africans. Those people are not Africans; they don’t know a thing about Africa…..

I say this all of the time. It would be like white people saying they are European-American. That is totally stupid.

I was born here, and so were my parents and grand parents and, very likely my great grandparents. I don’t have any connection to Africa, no more than white Americans have to Germany , Scotland , England , Ireland , or the Netherlands. The same applies to 99 percent of all the black Americans as regards to Africa. So stop, already!

With names like Shaniqua, Taliqua,… Mohammed, and all of that crap……..
And all of them are in jail.

Brown or black versus the Board of Education is no longer the white person’s problem.

We have got to take the neighborhood back.

People used to be ashamed. Today a woman has eight children with eight different ‘husbands’ — or men or whatever you call them now.

We have millionaire football players who cannot read.

We have million-dollar basketball players who can’t write two paragraphs. We, as black folks have to do a better job.

Someone working at Wal-Mart with seven kids, you are hurting us.

We have to start holding each other to a higher standard..

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