Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #19915
 
Obama Gets Up Off the Mat In Town-Hall Debate, California Says; Out-duels Romney 56% to 32%; Independents Split Evenly:

Immediately following tonight's town-hall-style presidential debate between Republican Mitt Romney and Democrat Barack Obama, SurveyUSA interviewed 800 California adults, of whom 656 watched the debate. Results of tonight's 10/16/12 debate follow (with results of the 10/03/12 Denver presidential debate in parenthesis).

* 56% say Obama was the clear winner tonight (compared to 34% who say Obama won the 1st debate in Denver ).
* 32% say Romney was the clear winner tonight (compared to 48% who say Romney won the 1st debate in Denver).
* 12% say there was no clear winner tonight.

As always, the caution that California is a "blue" state and more Democrats in California watch a debate than do Republicans. That's why it's important to study reaction along party lines:

* Democrats by 72 points say Obama was tonight's clear winner (Democrats gave Obama a 30-point margin in Denver).
* Republicans by 41 points say Romney was tonight's clear winner (Republicans gave Romney a 65-point margin in Denver).
* Independents split, 44% for Romney, 44% for Obama (Independents favored Romney by 34 points in Denver).
* Every region of the state scored the debate for Obama.

SurveyUSA's California research conducted exclusively for KABC-TV Los Angeles, KPIX-TV San Francisco, KFSN-TV Fresno, and KGTV-TV San Diego.

 
1Did you watch tonight's debate?
800 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 2.7%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalCentral Greater Inland EBay Area
Yes82%87%78%75%84%90%82%79%87%88%80%77%78%74%88%83%82%86%79%76%85%78%85%
No16%11%21%21%16%10%16%19%12%11%19%19%22%25%10%14%17%12%20%23%11%21%15%
Not Sure2%3%1%4%1%0%2%2%1%1%1%4%0%1%2%2%1%2%1%1%4%1%0%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%33%27%25%15%60%40%44%6%33%17%26%43%30%25%46%23%20%38%20%22%
 
 
2Was Mitt Romney the clear winner? Was Barack Obama the clear winner? Or, was there no clear winner?
656 Debate WatchersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.9%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalCentral Greater Inland EBay Area
Mitt Romney32%37%27%29%32%34%36%30%35%38%25%25%31%62%9%44%65%30%4%40%33%33%24%
Barack Obama56%52%61%66%54%50%49%60%50%52%72%63%48%21%81%44%27%57%83%53%55%56%60%
No Clear Winner12%12%12%5%14%16%15%9%15%10%3%11%22%16%10%11%8%14%13%8%12%11%16%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Debate Watchers100%52%48%30%28%27%15%58%42%47%6%31%16%23%46%30%25%48%22%19%39%19%23%
 
 
3Who had a better connection with the audience?
656 Debate WatchersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.9%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalCentral Greater Inland EBay Area
Mitt Romney34%38%29%30%30%36%44%30%39%40%25%26%34%68%11%41%64%32%5%36%35%36%27%
Barack Obama58%52%64%64%61%54%48%62%52%53%72%63%57%25%82%48%26%61%85%52%57%57%66%
Not Sure8%10%7%6%9%10%9%8%10%7%2%11%8%7%6%11%9%6%10%11%8%7%7%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Debate Watchers100%52%48%30%28%27%15%58%42%47%6%31%16%23%46%30%25%48%22%19%39%19%23%
 
 
4Who answered the questions more precisely without beating around the bush?
656 Debate WatchersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.9%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalCentral Greater Inland EBay Area
Mitt Romney35%41%29%30%34%39%41%32%40%42%27%28%33%68%11%47%68%33%6%42%35%39%26%
Barack Obama57%53%61%63%56%54%50%60%53%53%67%62%56%24%82%46%26%59%83%52%56%55%66%
Not Sure8%6%9%6%9%6%9%8%7%6%6%9%11%8%7%7%5%8%11%6%9%6%8%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Debate Watchers100%52%48%30%28%27%15%58%42%47%6%31%16%23%46%30%25%48%22%19%39%19%23%
 
 
5Who was more prepared?
656 Debate WatchersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.9%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalCentral Greater Inland EBay Area
Mitt Romney31%35%26%25%29%35%38%27%36%36%28%23%30%63%9%38%58%30%5%32%31%35%26%
Barack Obama53%48%60%62%55%47%45%58%46%47%66%60%55%23%78%42%27%56%73%48%51%56%59%
Not Sure16%18%14%13%17%18%17%15%17%17%6%16%15%14%13%20%15%14%22%19%18%9%16%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Debate Watchers100%52%48%30%28%27%15%58%42%47%6%31%16%23%46%30%25%48%22%19%39%19%23%
 
 
6Who was more presidential?
656 Debate WatchersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.8%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalCentral Greater Inland EBay Area
Mitt Romney35%38%30%27%38%36%41%32%38%40%26%29%31%67%10%47%66%33%6%42%32%39%29%
Barack Obama61%55%68%68%62%58%51%65%55%55%72%71%58%29%88%45%30%62%90%53%62%60%69%
Not Sure4%6%2%5%0%6%8%3%7%5%2%0%11%4%2%8%4%5%4%5%7%1%2%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Debate Watchers100%52%48%30%28%27%15%58%42%47%6%31%16%23%46%30%25%48%22%19%39%19%23%