Time to regroup at Obama HQ. When even these media polls deliver devastating news it’s time to question whether he has any hope left.
By a 2 to 1 margin, uncommitted voters crowned Mitt Romney the winner over President Obama in the first presidential debate in Debate, Colo., on Wednesday night, according to a 500-person instant poll taken by CBS News.
In the moments following the candidates’ performances on the University of Denver stage, 46 percent of voters gave the economy-centric debate to Romney, 22 percent said they believed the president was the winner, and 32 percent called it a tie. More good news for the GOP nominee: 56 percent of those polled said they viewed Romney in a better light after watching the debate. Eleven percent said their opinion of him dropped, and 32 percent cited no change in opinion.
Thirty-two percent saw that as a tie? Really? What were they watching? Geez, you needed dental records to identify the charred corpse of Obama and some consider it a tie?
Meanwhile at CNN it was even worse.
A CNN poll of debate-watchers found Mr. Romney very clearly ahead, with 67 percent of registered voters saying he won the debate, against just 25 percent for President Obama.
A CBS News poll of undecided voters who watched the debate found 46 percent siding with Mr. Romney, 22 percent for Mr. Obama and 32 percent saying it was a tie.
Google, which is experimenting with online surveys, found 38.9 percent of respondents saying they thought Mr. Obama performed better in a poll it conducted during the debate, against 35.5 percent for Mr. Romney and 25.6 percent who said it was a draw. But a second poll they conducted after the debate found 47.8 percent of respondents giving Mr. Romney the advantage, against 25.4 percent for Mr. Obama.
OK, we’ve got two more of these and the Democrats will work furiously to ambush Romney before during and after the next two matches. Plus Paul Ryan will get a crack at the hapless Joe Biden next week. But if first impressions are any indicator, Romney looked presidential and in command Wednesday night while Obama looked bored, hesistant and unsure of what to say next. Which is why his most noteworthy responses to most questions was Uhhhh.