President Obama greets Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney… (Jewel Samad / AFP/Getty…)
Two instant polls conducted after Monday night's presidential debate place President Obama in the winner's circle, though the scale of his victory varied depending on the topic.
Overall, according to a CBS News poll, respondents ruled in favor of Obama over Mitt Romney, 53% to 23%, with 24% saying it was a tie. In a CNN poll, 48% said they favored Obama, compared with 40% for Romney.
Obama's performance in the debate apparently came as a surprise to many in CNN’s poll, with 59% saying that the president exceeded their expectations. Forty-four percent said the same about Romney.
That said, there was little success for Obama in bringing voters over to his side, according to CNN’s polling. Twenty-four percent of respondents said they were more likely to vote for Obama after the debate. About the same, 25%, said they were now leaning toward Romney.
Half of the respondents said the debate wouldn’t influence their decision at the polls.
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Both Obama and Romney received an increase when it came to respondents' perception of their credibility in dealing with an international crisis, though Obama’s jump from 58% to 71% was noticeably greater than Romney’s bump of 46% to 49%, according to the CBS News poll.
To no surprise, given those findings, the poll also favored Obama on terrorism and national security issues, 64% to 36%.
On the question of who would be better at “handling” China, the candidates received an even 50% apiece.
It remains to be seen whether the final debate will have as much of an influence on the national and battleground polls as the first debate did, amid a tightening electoral landscape.
A NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Sunday put Obama and Romney in a 47% deadlock, and Gallup’s current seven-day rolling average among likely voters favors Romney, 51% to 46%, though among registered voters that lead is cut to 48% to 47%.
The CBS News/GfK instant poll was conducted online among a sample of 521 uncommitted voters with a margin of error of plus-or-minus 4 percentage points.
CNN’s poll of 448 registered voters -- 34% Democrat and 30% Republican -- was conducted over the phone by ORC International. It had margin of error of plus-or-minus 4.5 points.
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