Saturday, September 27, 2008


1st Debate
Photo: Doug Mills/The New York Times

According to CNN's "instapoll" it looked liked this:

Thinking about the following characteristics and qualities, please say whether you think each one better described Barack Obama or John McCain during tonight's debate:

• Was more intelligent: Obama 55%, McCain 30%

• Expressed his views more clearly: Obama 53%, McCain 36%

• Spent more time attacking his opponent: McCain 60%, Obama 23%

• Was more sincere and authentic: Obama 46%, McCain 38%

• Seemed to be the stronger leader: Obama 49%, McCain 43%

• Was more likeable: Obama 61%, McCain 26%

• Was more in touch with the needs and problems of people like you: Obama 62%, McCain 32%

Even the FOX News Focus Group says, "OBAMA WON THE DEBATE".

By the way, the New York Times created a great new interactive tool where you can watch the debate, read the transcript, and check the facts for the various debate points.

And, if you are a poll junkie like me, here's great website for in-depth analysis from some of the scholars at Princeton.

[Update: My cousin suggests that poll-and-statistics junkies might also want to visit Thanks Linda, it's excellent.]

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