Twice in the past twenty-four hours, I have linked Ace’s post on the internals of the CBS and CNN post-debate polls. And these results have intrigued me. How could a plurality of participants in each survey have found Romney to be better on most key issues (sometimes by double-digit margins).
Moreover in the CNN poll of registered voters, where 46% thought Obama won the debate, only 38% thought “Obama offer[ed] a clear vision for solving the country’s problems”. 61% did not.
Maybe they thought ht won because they wanted to like the guy — or maybe all those who support the president decided that he won because he was their guy. So, maybe asking whether or not a candidate “won” the encounter is not the best metric.
Ace says that if we ask, “Who actually persuaded you?,” and they might answer a completely different way.”
ADDENDUM: Karl Rove notes that the CNN poll showed Romney doing better on the economy after the second debate than after the first:
After the debate, CNN found that Mr. Romney came out ahead on the essential question of who was better for handling “the economy” with 58% to Mr. Obama’s 40%. This was an improvement from Denver, when the Romney advantage was 55%-43%.