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POLL: Second presidential debate: Did Obama do better or worse than expected?

Did Obama do better or worse than expected?

Better 73% Same 16% Worse 10%
Source: CNN/ORC International
Date conducted: 10/16/2012
Sample: 457 registered voters
Margin of error: +/- 4.5% pts

According to This Poll

Interviews with 457 registered voters who watched the debate conducted by telephone on October 16. All interviews were conducted after the end of the debate. SPECIAL NOTE OF CAUTION #1: This poll does not and cannot reflect the views of all Americans. It only represents the views of people who watched the debate. SPECIAL NOTE OF CAUTION #2: The sample of debate-watchers in this poll were 33% Democratic and 33% Republican. That indicates that the sample of debate watchers is about 8 points more Republican than an average of CNN polls taken in 2012 of all Americans, so the respondents were more Republican than the general public.

Notes
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