After Tuesday night’s debate, MSNBC gathered some undecided voters and Fox News’ Frank Luntz gathered former Obama voters to discuss their feelings on the candidate’s performance during the debate.
While I felt the debate went slightly to Obama because he made no mistakes and Romney missed a few opportunities, neither performance resonated as a stand out and is unlikely to slow Romney’s current momentum. In the minds of the two panels, Obama lost.
In the Fox News/Luntz panel, the former Obama voters overwhelmingly picked Romney as they found Obama failed to tell them what his plan for the next four years would be:
More surprising was the outcome of the MSNBC group of undecided voters who also felt the debate win should be given to Romney:
CNN also did a registered voter poll with some results that may help us understand why the undecideds leaned the way they did. Obama might have been stronger, but Romney had a better story on taxes and the economy – things undecideds actually care about.
Overall the poll gave the win to Obama 46-39 percent – a 7% margin, but on the issues that undecided voters pay attention to, Romney is way out front:
*On who would better handle the economy: 58 percent Romney; 40 percent Obama.
*On who would better handle health care: 49 percent Romney; 46 percent Obama
*On taxes: 51 percent Romney; 44 percent Obama
On issues that are less-likely to influence voters Obama took the lead:
*On who is a stronger leader: 49 percent Romney; 46 percent Obama
*On who is more likeable: 47 percent Obama: 41 percent Romney