Obama Won 2, Romney 1 in Debates — Gallup Summary of the Series

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President Barack Obama, right, and Mitt Romney participate at the third and final presidential debate at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, on Oct. 22, 2012.

Majorities of Americans who watched the three televised debates between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney say the incumbent won two of the three meetings, according to a USA Today/Gallup poll out today.

Neither victory, however, was as decisive as Romney’s win in the first debate, which reversed an Obama edge in opinion polls.

Gallup found 51 percent of respondents saying Obama won the second debate and 56 percent saying he won the third debate, compared with 38 percent who chose Romney in the second meeting and 33 percent in the third meeting.

In the first debate, Romney was judged the winner by 72-20 percent.

The survey of 746 adults who watched the debates was taken Oct. 23-24 and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

It generally confirms the pattern found in instant, debate-night polling by CNN.

 

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