That was my impression too. I was much more impressed with Obama's performance than many other bloggers. Here's the CNN poll:
Thinking about the following characteristics and qualities, please say whether you think each one better described Barack Obama or John McCain during tonight's debate:
Was more intelligent: Obama 55%, McCain 30%
Expressed his views more clearly: Obama 53%, McCain 36%
Spent more time attacking his opponent: McCain 60%, Obama 23%
Was more sincere and authentic: Obama 46%, McCain 38%
Seemed to be the stronger leader: Obama 49%, McCain 43%
Was more likeable: Obama 61%, McCain 26%
Was more in touch with the needs and problems of people like you: Obama 62%, McCain 32%
Since the economy has emerged as the biggest issue, these two findings on who did better on what topic are pretty important:
The economy: Obama 58%, McCain 37%
The current financial crisis: Obama 54%, McCain 36%
And from CBS:
Thirty-nine percent of uncommitted voters who watched the debate tonight thought Barack Obama was the winner. Twenty-four percent thought John McCain won. Thirty-seven percent saw it as a draw.
Forty-six percent of uncommitted voters said their opinion of Obama got better tonight. Thirty-two percent said their opinion of McCain got better.
Sixty-six percent of uncommitted voters think Obama would make the right decisions about the economy. Forty-two percent think McCain would.
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