Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #19967
 
Independents in CA Call 3rd Debate a Draw; Even After 3 Spirited Sessions, 5% in CA Remain Undecided:

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney dueled to a draw among California's Independent voters in tonight's 3rd and final presidential debate, according to a SurveyUSA poll conducted immediately after the debate ended. Among all California debate watchers:

* 58% say Barack Obama was the clear winner.
* 35% say Mitt Romney was the clear winner.
* 7% say there was no clear winner.

California is a "blue" state, so it is not a surprise that Obama would be the winner among all Californians. That is why it's important to examine just what Independent voters say, since they are the closest thing to "neutral" voters available to interview. Among California's Independent voters, the scoring was close enough to be called a draw: 47% of CA Independents see Obama as the clear winner, 44% of CA Independents see Romney as the clear winner. Democrats by 8:1 score it for Obama. Republicans by 3:1 score it for Romney.

Of those Californians who have now watched all 3 presidential debates, 94% have made up their mind who they will vote for, but 5% tell SurveyUSA that after all is said and done, they are still, at this hour, undecided.

800 California adults were interviewed 10/22/12. Of them, 591 watched tonight's debate. 511 watched all 3 debates. SurveyUSA California research conducted for KABC-TV in Los Angeles, KPIX-TV in San Francisco, KGTV-TV in San Diego, and KFSN-TV in Fresno.

 
1Did you watch tonight's debate?
800 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.1%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalCentral Greater Inland EBay Area
Yes74%72%76%63%75%83%81%68%82%78%79%72%64%79%75%67%76%73%75%74%77%79%63%
No25%27%23%35%24%17%18%30%17%21%20%28%33%21%24%30%24%24%25%26%21%20%35%
Not Sure1%1%1%2%1%0%1%1%1%1%0%0%3%0%1%2%0%2%0%0%2%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 Adults100%49%51%33%27%25%15%60%40%44%6%33%17%26%47%25%31%40%22%21%38%19%21%
 
 
2Was Mitt Romney the clear winner? Was Barack Obama the clear winner? Or, was there no clear winner?
591 Debate WatchersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.1%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalCentral Greater Inland EBay Area
Mitt Romney35%41%30%30%37%37%37%33%37%41%20%39%14%70%12%44%65%30%8%46%33%43%18%
Barack Obama58%54%62%64%59%53%55%62%54%50%75%58%77%24%82%47%26%63%89%45%61%51%76%
No Clear Winner7%5%8%6%4%9%8%5%9%8%6%4%9%6%6%10%9%7%3%9%6%7%6%
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%48%52%28%27%28%17%55%45%47%6%32%15%28%48%23%31%39%23%21%40%21%18%
 
 
3Was the debate moderator fair to both candidates? Did he favor Obama? Or did he favor Romney?
591 Debate WatchersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.4%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalCentral Greater Inland EBay Area
Fair To Both79%79%78%81%73%81%78%77%80%82%79%72%83%74%83%77%64%86%85%82%78%70%84%
Favored Obama16%16%16%15%22%12%15%18%13%16%9%23%6%24%10%19%33%10%7%14%17%24%7%
Favored Romney4%4%5%3%3%6%5%3%6%2%10%5%8%1%6%4%3%4%7%3%4%3%8%
Not Sure1%1%1%1%1%1%2%1%1%1%3%0%3%1%2%0%0%0%1%1%0%3%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 Debate Watchers100%48%52%28%27%28%17%55%45%47%6%32%15%28%48%23%31%39%23%21%40%21%18%
 
 
4Have you watched all 3 Presidential debates?
591 Debate WatchersAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 2.8%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalCentral Greater Inland EBay Area
Yes86%88%85%80%86%89%93%83%90%86%90%88%84%92%85%81%85%85%91%85%86%88%88%
No12%10%13%14%14%11%6%14%9%13%10%11%9%7%12%18%14%12%7%15%13%11%6%
Not Sure2%1%2%6%0%0%1%3%0%1%0%1%7%1%3%1%0%3%1%0%1%1%5%
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%48%52%28%27%28%17%55%45%47%6%32%15%28%48%23%31%39%23%21%40%21%18%
 
 
5Is your mind made-up about who you will vote for? Or are you still undecided?
511 Who Watched All 3 DebatesAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 2.1%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalCentral Greater Inland EBay Area
Mind Is Made Up94%94%94%94%94%93%96%94%94%95%95%94%89%96%96%88%94%92%97%95%89%99%97%
Still Undecided5%4%5%6%4%5%2%5%4%4%3%3%11%3%2%12%4%7%2%3%8%1%3%
Not Sure1%2%1%0%2%1%2%1%2%1%2%3%0%0%2%0%2%1%1%1%3%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%
Composition of Who Watched All 3 Debates100%49%51%26%27%29%18%53%47%46%7%33%14%29%48%21%31%39%24%21%39%21%19%