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Even in Solid-Blue California, With More Democrats Watching, Romney Is Clear Winner of 1st Presidential Debate

SurveyUSA Operations - 10/04/12 06:54 AM

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.

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