The headline tells you all you need to know about Obama’s supposed victory in the past two debates: Post-ABC tracking poll: Obama wins final debate, Romney changes minds.
Looks like the Republican changes minds by losing. The top-line item of this poll is not as interesting as what we find in the internals:
Among political independents, 49 percent say Romney is the one who is more empathetic with ongoing economic woes; 45 percent say Obama is more in tune. That’s not a statistically significant advantage for the challenger, but does represent a directional shift from before the first debate.
Looking at handling the economy as a broad issue, Romney’s lead among independents has swelled to 56 to 39 percent in the new poll, an advantage that helps him to a sizable, 12-point lead over Obama when it comes to their voting preferences. Obama won independent and other voters by eight percentage points in 2008.
Emphasis added. A 12-point advantage among independents yields only a one-point overall advantage. Hmmm. . . . the poll only gave Democrats a four-point advantage (34-30).
37% of voters have a better opinion of Mitt Romney “As a result of the three presidential debates”. 16% have a worse opinion. (Wonder what percentage of that 16% was hard-core Democrats?)