Independents in CA Call 3rd Debate a Draw; Even After 3 Spirited Sessions, 5% in CA Remain Undecided

SurveyUSA Operations - 10/23/12 02:00 AM

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.

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