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CBS Says Obama Won First Debate

September 27, 2008

UPDATED WITH FINAL NUMBERS CBS News and Knowledge Networks conducted a nationally representative poll of approximately 500 uncommitted voters reacting to the debate in the minutes after it happened.

Thirty-nine percent of uncommitted voters who watched the debate tonight thought Barack Obama was the winner. Twenty-four percent thought John McCain won. Thirty-seven percent saw it as a draw.

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Forty-six percent of uncommitted voters said their opinion of Obama got better tonight. Thirty-two percent said their opinion of McCain got better.

Sixty-six percent of uncommitted voters think Obama would make the right decisions about the economy. Forty-two percent think McCain would.

Forty-eight percent of these voters think Obama would make the right decisions about Iraq. Fifty-six percent think McCain would.

We will have a full report on the poll later on. Uncommitted voters are those who don’t yet know who they will vote for, or who have chosen a candidate but may still change their minds.

The margin of sampling error could be plus or minus 4 percentage points for results based on the entire sample.

http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2008/09/26/politics
/horserace/entry4482028.shtml

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Why Obama Won The First Debate

September 27, 2008

By Toby Harnden
The Telegraph (UK)

It was a very close run thing but the night goes to Barack Obama on points. John McCain came out swinging and landed some good punches but Obama never got rattled and jabbed back consistently. Although Obama is the front runner overall he was the underdog in this debate because the main subject was foreign policy.

After a bad week, McCain needed a game changer and this wasn’t it. Obama, on the other hand, needed to hold his own on McCain’s subject turf and he achieved that. The biggest worry about Obama is his readiness to lead and be commander-in-chief. Tonight, he may well have edged over that threshold.

 
McCain performed very well indeed and put Obama on the defensive several times – but he was unlucky in that Obama was on form too (he had some off days against Hillary Clinton) and ….

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http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/Toby_Harnden