CNN released the following poll after the first presidential debate in Denver on Wednesday night:
Interviews with 430 adult Americans who watched the presidential debate conducted by telephone by ORC International on October 3, 2012. The margin of sampling error for results based on the total sample is plus or minus 4.5 percentage points. Survey respondents were first interviewed as part of a random national sample on September 28-October 2, 2012.
In those interviews, respondents indicated they planned to watch tonight’s debate and were willing to be re-interviewed after the debate. The sample includes 362 interviews among landline respondents and 68 interviews among cell phone respondents. Some questions were asked of each respondent both in the pre-debate questionnaire on September 28-October 2 and on tonight’s questionnaire.
Where applicable, results for tonight’s respondents from both the pre-debate survey and the post-debate survey are reported. 33% of the respondents who participated in tonight’s survey identified themselves as Republicans, 37% identified themselves as Democrats, and 29% identified themselves as Independents.
Regardless of which candidate you happen to support, who do you think did the best job in the debate — Barack Obama or Mitt Romney?
Obama - 25%
Neither - 3%
Both - 5%
No opinion - *