Who Won The First Debate? What The Polls Say: Obama
Obama 39%; McCain 24%, Draw 36%
Obama “did better” 51%; McCain “did better” 38%
Obama won 42%; McCain won 41%; Undecided 17%
Mr McCain’s sometimes patronising attitude cost him support among a panel of 27 undecided voters assembled in the swing state of Nevada by Mr Luntz, a Republican polling guru.
Using hand-held dials, they indicated their reactions throughout the debate. Thirteen had supported Democrat John Kerry four years ago and 12 were for Mr Bush, with two voting for neither. By the end of Friday’s debate, 17 said they felt more favourable about Mr Obama and 10 about Mr McCain.
“They felt that McCain was too negative and they didn’t see the validity of some of his attacks,” Mr Luntz told The Sunday Telegraph. “They felt he had the experience but they wanted to hear him talk about the future not the past. And they felt he had been playing politics when he threatened not to turn up for the debate.
“Obama came across as more passionate and more eager. He seemed to have more life to him.Click here for reuse options!
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