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.