- Who won the debate?: Obama 48%, Romney 40%.
- 59% say Obama did better than expected. 15% say worse.
- 44% say Romney did better than expected. 26% say worse.
CBS polls undecided voters and Obama won them 53-23%
Debate viewers split 48% for Obama and 40% for Romney in the poll, a margin within the sampling error of plus or minus 4.5%
A majority – 59% – of those who watched the Boca Raton, Florida debate thought Obama performed stronger than expected, while 15% thought he was weaker than expected and 23% thought he performed on par with their expectations.
Romney outperformed the expectations of 44% of debate watchers, while 26% thought he performed weaker than expected and 26% said he performed on par with expectations.