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CNN McCain Obama Debate Poll Results - Who Won?

CNN Post-debate flash polling results:

38% of the polling group were Democrat and 31% Republican, which is a fair reflection of the the country today.

Who Did the Best Job in the Debate?
Obama - 54%
McCain - 30%

Opinion of Barack Obama - Before Debate
Favorable - 60%
Unfavorbale - 38%

Opinion of Barack Obama - After Debate
Favorable - 64% (+4 increase)
Unfavorable - 34%

Opinion of John McCain - Before Debate
Favorable - 51%
Unfavorbale - 46%

Opinion of John McCain - After Debate
Favorable - 51% (unchanged)
Unfavorable - 46%

Who Would Better Handle Iraq?
Obama - 51%
McCain - 47%

Who Would Better Handle Terrorism?
Obama - 46%
McCain - 51%

Who Would Better Handle Economy?
Obama - 59%
McCain - 37%

Who Would Better Handle the Financial Crisis?
Obama - 57%
McCain - 36%

Who Expressed His Views More Clearly in the Debate?
Obama - 60%
McCain - 30%

Who Spent More time Attacking His Opponent?
Obama - 17%
McCain - 63%

Who Seemed to be the Stronger Leader?
Obama - 54%
McCain - 43%

Who Was More Likeable in the Debate?
Obama - 65%
McCain - 28%

  • Margin of error - plus or minus 4 points
  • Transcript of the Debate - link

Next Up: Fact-checking the Debate at the LA Times.


On the subject of tax hikes, McCain is wrong.

"McCain again charged that Obama had voted to raise taxes 94 times, a claim that the nonpartisan group Factcheck.org, which tracks inaccurate claims by the candidates, identified as one of the "whoppers of 2008."

On the subject of business taxes, McCain is wrong.

McCain also claimed that Obama's proposed tax increases "will increase taxes on 50% of small-business revenue."

But according to data from the nonpartisan Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, a joint effort by two Washington think tanks, McCain seems to have gotten his numbers garbled.

According to the center, less than 3% of small businesses pay taxes in the top two brackets and could therefore see higher taxes under Obama's plan. And for most of those small businesses, business revenue represents less than half of their income.

On the subject of tax history, McCain is wrong.

McCain erroneously said that the last president to raise taxes during "tough economic times" was Herbert Hoover.

In fact, President George H.W. Bush signed the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990, which increased taxes as part of a budget deal with the Democratic-controlled Congress, reneging on his 1988 campaign pledge of "no new taxes."

The nation was in a recession at the time, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research.

On the subject of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, McCain is wrong.

McCain said that government-sponsored mortgage lenders Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac "were the catalyst, the match that started this forest fire" in the economy and that he had "stood up" to them.

The nonpartisan fact-checking group PolitiFact.org said McCain signed on to a Republican bill in 2006 that would overhaul Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac after both went through accounting scandals. In a May 26, 2006, news release, McCain said: "If Congress does not act, American taxpayers will continue to be exposed to the enormous risk that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac pose to the housing market, the overall financial system, and the economy as a whole."

But PolitiFact.org said those accounting problems of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac had nothing to do with the subprime mortgage loans that triggered the current financial crisis. The site said it was "quite a stretch" for McCain to say his remarks in 2006 were a warning about the present-day crisis.

On the subject of Iraq's surplus, Obama is wrong.

Obama repeated a claim that the Iraqi government had a $79-billion budget surplus, a figure substantially higher than a recent estimate by U.S. government auditors.

According to an August report by the General Accountability Office, the Iraqi government had an approximately $29-billion surplus between 2005 and 2007. The GAO estimated that this year, the budget surplus would end up being between $38.2 billion to $50.3 billion.

On the subject of Gen. Petraeus on Afghanistan, McCain is wrong.

McCain said that Gen. David H. Petraeus, who will take charge of U.S. Central Command this month, has developed a new plan for Afghanistan. McCain said Petraeus' plan would be "the same fundamental strategy that succeeded in Iraq," with some differences.

Petraeus has publicly endorsed adopting some of the tactics that were successful in Iraq to Afghanistan, such as promoting local reconciliation efforts and eliminating insurgent sanctuaries. But Petraeus has said Afghanistan is not Iraq and the military plan will therefore not be the same.

"The first lesson, the first caution really, is that every situation like this is truly and absolutely unique, and has its own context and specifics and its own texture," Petraeus said in an interview in the New York Times published Sept. 30.

On the subject of his vote on Lebanon, McCain is wrong.

As he did in the first debate, McCain misstated his vote against the deployment of Marines in Lebanon during the Reagan presidency. He said he voted against deploying them in Beirut.

In fact, the Marines were already in Beirut when McCain entered the House of Representatives in 1983. What he voted against was a measure that would have authorized their deployment for another 18 months. The measure passed, 270-161, with opposition coming from McCain and 25 other Republicans as well as 134 Democrats.

Related: See the 13 minute video documentary everyone is talking about.
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Comments (4)

Steve Crickmore:

Lee, as I said back in the spring Obam would have no worries aginst the likes of McCain.

I thought as Andrew Sullivan commented "it was mauling" for Obama..He was clear, articulate and forceful and much better than in the first debate. You can see why he was highly praised as a Constitutional Law Professor. He can plead a case very well.

McCain was weaker than in his first debate and looked and sounded like a superannuated onetime comedian from vaudeville, and because the audience couldn't respond, his performance on the whole was very flat.


Why does Mcinsane keep saying my friends? Hell, his friends are possibly crooks like him. He doesn't know me or my neighbors, so what gives him the right to call me a friend?

He came very close to losing his anger management moments, didn't he?

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

McCain's hatred of Obama (and middle-class America for that matter) is palpable. You could see his angst in the way he paced nervously in the background as Obama spoke.

I felt sorry for him in a way - he's so out of sorts and uncomfortable when he's losing...


Are you kidding me? who fought for our country did we forget? obama will say anything to get into office. Check his record in his own state he didn't do half of what he said he'd do before he got into senate. JOHN MC CAIN FOLLOWS THROUGH, again check his record. wake up people....


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