Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #12069
 
Who Won SC Democratic Presidential Debate? U.S. Senator Barack Obama emerged a clear winner in tonight's debate among 8 Democratic candidates for President of the United States, according to a SurveyUSA poll of 403 South Carolina debate watchers. 31% of debate watchers say Obama won. Obama, the only black candidate, was the overwhelming favorite of black debate watchers. U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton finished in 2nd place, picked as the winner by 24% of viewers. Clinton, the only female candidate, did better among women than among men. Former U.S. Senator John Edwards finished 3rd, picked as the winner by 14%. Obama did three times better than Clinton and twice as well as Edwards among South Carolina's Independents. Obama and Clinton tied among Democrats. Edwards and Obama tied among Republicans. Clinton won among white viewers. 60% of debate viewers were white. 36% of debate viewers were black.
 
Filtering: 1,250 SC adults were interviewed by SurveyUSA immediately following tonight's 04/26/07 Presidential Debate among 8 candidates for the Democratic nomination. Of the 1,250 SC adults interviewed, 403 said they had listened to the debate and were included in this survey. Margin of sampling error among the 403 debate watchers is + / - 5.0%. Caution: The South Carolinians who watch a Democratic presidential debate 9 months from the SC Primary and 18 months from the General Election may not mirror the adult population of the United States. The perceived winner of a debate among 8 Democrats may or may not benefit from sustainable momentum.
 
1Did you listen to tonight's South Carolina presidential debate?
1250 AdultsAllGenderAgeRaceIdeologyParty AffiliationBirthplaceAbortionVote in The PrimRegionGeocoding
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 2.7%MaleFemale18-3435-5455+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherConservaModerateLiberalsRepublicDemocratIndependBorn SCBorn ElsPro-lifePro-choiRepublicDemocratWestern Central Eastern UrbanSuburbanRural
Yes32%38%27%28%29%42%28%43%****29%34%41%22%43%36%34%32%30%37%100%100%31%37%29%28%32%32%
No67%62%72%72%71%56%71%57%****71%66%59%78%56%64%66%67%70%63%--68%63%70%71%67%68%
Not Sure0%0%1%0%0%1%0%1%****1%0%1%0%1%0%0%1%0%1%--0%0%1%1%0%0%
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%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%32%39%29%69%27%2%2%44%40%16%40%38%19%58%42%47%46%20%52%31%34%35%11%63%26%
 
 
2Who won the debate?
403 Who Listened To The DebateAllGenderAgeRaceIdeologyParty AffiliationBirthplaceAbortionVote in The PrimRegionGeocoding
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 5%MaleFemale18-3435-5455+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherConservaModerateLiberalsRepublicDemocratIndependBorn SCBorn ElsPro-lifePro-choiRepublicDemocratWestern Central Eastern UrbanSuburbanRural
Biden6%7%4%3%7%6%7%4%****6%6%3%10%3%7%4%8%7%6%15%3%4%3%9%2%6%7%
Clinton24%19%31%22%25%26%27%21%****18%25%36%11%37%13%24%25%18%29%7%39%20%25%28%24%27%22%
Dodd2%3%2%2%3%2%3%1%****3%1%3%5%1%3%2%2%3%2%4%1%5%1%2%0%3%1%
Edwards14%13%15%10%11%20%21%4%****11%16%17%21%10%17%12%17%12%16%18%10%22%10%12%16%15%13%
Gravel2%2%1%0%2%2%2%1%****3%1%0%3%1%0%2%0%3%1%2%1%1%1%3%0%2%2%
Kucinich3%5%1%7%3%2%3%1%****2%5%3%2%2%3%1%6%4%3%2%1%5%4%2%10%3%4%
Obama31%35%26%35%35%25%17%56%****35%27%32%21%36%39%35%26%34%31%17%35%26%39%27%33%27%31%
Richardson4%5%3%3%3%6%6%1%****5%4%1%9%1%4%4%3%6%3%13%1%5%3%5%2%5%3%
Not Sure13%11%16%17%12%11%14%11%****18%13%4%18%9%15%14%11%13%10%22%9%13%14%12%14%12%17%
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%
Composition of Who Listened To The Debate100%57%43%28%35%37%60%36%2%2%39%42%20%26%49%21%59%41%43%51%20%52%30%38%32%10%64%26%
 
 
3Who lost the debate?
403 Who Listened To The DebateAllGenderAgeRaceIdeologyParty AffiliationBirthplaceAbortionVote in The PrimRegionGeocoding
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 5%MaleFemale18-3435-5455+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherConservaModerateLiberalsRepublicDemocratIndependBorn SCBorn ElsPro-lifePro-choiRepublicDemocratWestern Central Eastern UrbanSuburbanRural
Biden8%9%7%16%5%5%6%13%****11%8%4%3%5%23%9%8%15%2%2%5%8%12%4%10%5%4%
Clinton12%11%13%12%8%16%16%4%****14%11%9%22%7%9%9%16%18%8%29%7%11%10%15%20%12%11%
Dodd9%11%7%17%8%5%7%14%****14%5%11%8%11%6%13%3%10%7%5%11%11%6%13%9%11%7%
Edwards5%6%2%4%4%6%6%2%****6%4%3%10%3%4%4%5%5%5%9%3%5%3%6%6%4%5%
Gravel17%18%16%7%19%23%18%17%****14%23%10%16%18%20%15%20%15%19%16%18%15%22%13%13%16%22%
Kucinich10%9%12%3%10%16%9%12%****9%10%13%12%10%9%9%13%7%14%13%11%8%10%12%6%13%5%
Obama9%10%8%3%16%7%11%7%****9%9%11%12%11%4%9%10%10%10%9%10%11%7%11%5%10%10%
Richardson9%9%10%13%9%8%11%7%****5%9%20%6%14%5%8%12%6%14%3%14%6%13%8%6%11%8%
Not Sure20%16%25%25%21%15%16%24%****17%22%20%12%21%19%23%15%14%21%15%23%25%18%18%26%17%27%
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%
Composition of Who Listened To The Debate100%57%43%28%35%37%60%36%2%2%39%42%20%26%49%21%59%41%43%51%20%52%30%38%32%10%64%26%
 
 
** Too few respondents of this type were interviewed for this data to be meaningful.