Not to mention 59-36 on the deficit. Again snap polls are roughly unscientific. The CNN polls assign a narrow victory to Obama within the margin of error, but I wouldn’t pay too much attention to it.
The overall narrative is that Obama’s failure in the previous debate was oversold. Polls are showing that Obama exceeded expectations for most people, while Romney performed as expected. That created the perception that Obama did well, because he was less laid back.
But on the bread and butter issues, the economy and taxes, Romney wins. Obama still has an edge on class warfare, but ObamaCare is so deeply unpopular that he narrowly loses on healthcare.
And when it comes to translating that vision thing into the practical…
Did Obama offer a clear plan for solving the country’s problems?
38% Yes, 61% No
Did Romney offer a clear plan for solving the country’s problems?
49% Yes, 50% No
One way to read this is that the public still has no idea what Obama is proposing.
And when it comes to who appeared more presidential…
CNN/ORC debate viewers: Stronger leader? Romney 49, Obama 46
— Mark Blumenthal (@MysteryPollster) October 17, 2012