Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #19774
 
Even in Solid-Blue California, With More Democrats Watching, Romney Is Clear Winner of 1st Presidential Debate:

Immediately following tonight's presidential debate between Republican Mitt Romney and Democrat Barack Obama, SurveyUSA interviewed 1,000 California adults, of whom 869 watched the debate. California is a 'Blue' state and not surprisingly in California, significantly more Democrats watched the debate than Republicans. Given that, it is particularly striking to find:

* 48% say Romney was the clear winner.
* 34% say Obama was the clear winner.
* 18% say there was no clear winner.

* Men by 24 points say Romney was the clear winner.
* Middle-income viewers by 27 points say Romney was the clear winner.
* Only those age 18 to 34 see the debate as a draw. Viewers age 35+ see Romney as the clear winner.
* Only African Americans see Obama as a narrow winner. Whites, Hispanics and Asians see Romney as the clear winner.
* Even greater San Francisco sees Romney as a narrow winner. Greater Los Angeles, the Central Valley and the Inland Empire all score it for Romney.

* Republicans by 78% to 13% say Romney won.
* Democrats by 55% to 25% say Obama won.
* Independents, the most critical, coveted and arguably most dispassionate group of debate watchers, say by 34 points that Romney is the clear winner.
* Moderates, who typically vote 2:1 in favor of Obama, see Romney as the winner by 15 points.

* Debate watchers split on who they trust more on the economy, a significant moral victory for Romney in California.
* Debate watchers say Obama was not forceful enough.
* Debate watchers (disproportionately Democrats) say Romney was too forceful.
* Narrowly, debate watchers say Romney had the best one liner.

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?
1000 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyEducationIncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 2.1%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalHigh SchSome ColCollege < $40K$40K - $> $80KCentral Greater Inland EBay Area
Yes87%90%84%80%87%93%93%83%93%89%84%84%88%89%88%87%87%91%89%87%83%90%77%90%91%87%87%87%86%
No11%9%14%17%11%7%6%15%7%11%16%13%10%11%10%13%12%8%10%11%14%9%22%10%6%12%10%13%12%
Not Sure2%1%2%3%2%0%1%2%1%1%0%3%2%0%3%0%1%0%1%2%3%1%1%0%3%1%3%0%2%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%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%24%42%32%26%41%24%13%37%50%27%32%42%21%40%20%20%
 
 
2Was Mitt Romney the clear winner? Was Barack Obama the clear winner? Or, was there no clear winner?
869 Debate WatchersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyEducationIncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.4%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalHigh SchSome ColCollege < $40K$40K - $> $80KCentral Greater Inland EBay Area
Mitt Romney48%52%44%41%51%51%53%46%52%48%41%51%47%78%25%57%74%48%27%42%48%50%41%56%46%58%47%49%41%
Barack Obama34%28%40%42%32%31%27%37%29%32%48%32%39%13%55%23%11%33%53%42%30%35%38%29%35%27%36%33%38%
No Clear Winner18%20%15%17%17%18%19%17%18%20%11%17%14%9%20%21%15%19%20%16%23%15%20%15%19%15%17%18%21%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%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%51%49%30%27%26%16%57%43%45%6%32%17%24%43%32%26%43%24%13%35%52%24%33%44%21%40%20%20%
 
 
3Did the candidates spend too much time attacking each other? Too little time? Or the right amount of time?
869 Debate WatchersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyEducationIncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.3%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalHigh SchSome ColCollege < $40K$40K - $> $80KCentral Greater Inland EBay Area
Too Much18%17%19%24%19%11%15%22%13%16%20%21%17%11%20%20%11%17%27%25%18%16%22%18%16%17%17%23%16%
Too Little18%22%14%22%17%17%16%19%16%18%14%17%20%16%19%18%18%18%18%18%14%20%24%14%18%17%19%16%18%
Just The Right Amount61%58%64%51%63%67%64%57%66%63%62%59%57%71%56%59%68%62%52%55%64%60%49%65%63%65%59%59%62%
Not Sure3%3%4%3%2%5%5%2%5%3%4%2%6%2%5%3%2%3%4%3%3%4%5%2%3%1%5%2%3%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%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%51%49%30%27%26%16%57%43%45%6%32%17%24%43%32%26%43%24%13%35%52%24%33%44%21%40%20%20%
 
 
4Was Barack Obama too forceful? Not forceful enough? Or just right?
869 Debate WatchersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyEducationIncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.4%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalHigh SchSome ColCollege < $40K$40K - $> $80KCentral Greater Inland EBay Area
Too Forceful17%17%18%21%20%13%12%21%13%12%14%23%20%24%12%19%21%20%10%24%17%16%16%19%16%18%16%20%17%
Not Forceful Enough40%45%35%28%42%45%50%35%47%41%47%39%38%36%42%40%40%39%48%27%42%42%38%41%43%39%41%35%43%
Just Right38%33%44%48%34%36%33%41%35%41%36%37%35%31%45%35%29%38%42%45%37%38%44%35%38%38%39%40%36%
Not Sure4%6%3%2%4%6%6%3%6%6%2%1%7%9%1%5%10%3%1%4%3%4%2%6%4%5%4%4%4%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%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%51%49%30%27%26%16%57%43%45%6%32%17%24%43%32%26%43%24%13%35%52%24%33%44%21%40%20%20%
 
 
5Was Mitt Romney too forceful? Not forceful enough? Or just right?
869 Debate WatchersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyEducationIncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.4%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalHigh SchSome ColCollege < $40K$40K - $> $80KCentral Greater Inland EBay Area
Too Forceful31%31%32%40%25%29%29%33%29%32%38%28%34%13%47%25%13%32%48%27%32%32%37%29%31%29%32%30%34%
Not Forceful Enough18%15%20%26%15%11%18%20%14%11%14%27%19%13%19%20%19%17%13%22%19%16%21%17%15%14%20%18%16%
Just Right49%52%45%33%59%56%51%45%54%55%46%43%44%73%31%54%66%48%37%46%48%49%38%52%53%56%46%49%47%
Not Sure2%2%2%2%1%4%2%2%3%2%1%3%4%1%4%1%1%2%3%5%1%2%4%2%1%1%3%3%3%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%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%51%49%30%27%26%16%57%43%45%6%32%17%24%43%32%26%43%24%13%35%52%24%33%44%21%40%20%20%
 
 
6Was there too much emphasis on the economy? Too little? Or just the right amount?
869 Debate WatchersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyEducationIncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.4%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalHigh SchSome ColCollege < $40K$40K - $> $80KCentral Greater Inland EBay Area
Too Much12%13%11%14%10%12%14%12%13%12%19%12%12%10%15%11%10%11%15%15%12%12%18%11%10%11%15%10%12%
Too Little38%39%36%41%41%33%33%41%33%31%27%45%45%35%35%45%42%41%28%40%42%34%35%46%33%43%34%44%34%
Just The Right Amount48%46%51%45%48%52%51%46%51%56%50%42%41%53%49%43%46%46%57%43%45%52%46%41%55%45%50%44%53%
Not Sure2%1%2%1%1%3%3%1%3%1%4%1%3%2%1%2%2%2%1%1%2%2%1%3%2%1%2%2%2%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%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%51%49%30%27%26%16%57%43%45%6%32%17%24%43%32%26%43%24%13%35%52%24%33%44%21%40%20%20%
 
 
7Who do you trust more on the economy?
869 Debate WatchersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyEducationIncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.4%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalHigh SchSome ColCollege < $40K$40K - $> $80KCentral Greater Inland EBay Area
Mitt Romney47%53%41%45%47%48%51%46%49%48%34%50%45%83%22%54%78%48%20%46%50%45%36%56%46%55%45%54%37%
Barack Obama46%43%49%51%43%45%45%47%45%46%63%43%47%13%74%35%15%46%76%47%42%49%56%39%47%39%47%42%56%
Not Sure6%4%9%4%10%7%4%7%6%6%4%7%8%4%4%11%7%6%4%7%8%5%8%4%8%5%8%4%7%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%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%51%49%30%27%26%16%57%43%45%6%32%17%24%43%32%26%43%24%13%35%52%24%33%44%21%40%20%20%
 
 
8Who had the best one-liner?
869 Debate WatchersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyEducationIncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.4%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalHigh SchSome ColCollege < $40K$40K - $> $80KCentral Greater Inland EBay Area
Mitt Romney41%44%38%40%38%44%43%39%43%42%37%40%43%67%20%49%60%44%20%36%41%42%32%44%42%50%39%42%34%
Barack Obama36%28%43%45%33%31%28%40%30%30%42%40%40%11%57%25%18%29%60%44%35%34%51%31%31%27%43%30%35%
Not Sure24%28%19%15%28%25%30%21%27%29%21%20%17%22%23%26%22%27%20%20%24%24%16%24%27%22%18%28%31%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%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%51%49%30%27%26%16%57%43%45%6%32%17%24%43%32%26%43%24%13%35%52%24%33%44%21%40%20%20%