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Post-Debate Polls

Reported by Nancy - October 2, 2004 -

Here are some of the online polls re Thursday night's debate:

AOL http://webcenter.polls.aol.com/
Who won the debate?
John Kerry 53%
George Bush 47%
Did it change the candidate you support?
No 72%
Yes, I now support Kerry 18%
Yes, I now support Bush 10%
Total Votes: 823,153

CNN http://www.cnn.com/
Who do you think won the first US presidential debate?
Bush   18% (39,984 votes)
Kerry   78% (172,766 votes)
Evenly matched   4% (9,457 votes)
Total: 222,207 votes

MSNBC http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6123733/
Who won the debate?   
Bush 31%
Kerry 69%
(735,719 responses)

ABC http://www.abcnews.go.com/sections/politics/Vote2004/debate_poll_040930.html
NOTE: ABC doesn't have an online poll -- they polled a "random sample of 531 registered voters who watched the debate"
Who Won? (Among Debate Viewers)
Kerry 45%
Bush 36
Tie 17

CBS http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/09/08/politics/main641817.shtml
NOTE: There's a poll question on CBS, but I can't get it to display results -- nice bias in the poll question, though.
Who won the presidential debate?
John Kerry
President Bush
Neither man. It was a draw

USA Today http://www.usatoday.com/news/politicselections/nation/polls/2004-09-30-debate-poll.htm
NOTE: USA Today doesn't have an online poll, just results of Gallup phone interviews "with 615 registered voters who watched the presidential debate"
Regardless of which candidate you happen to support, who do you think did the better job in the debate, John Kerry or George W Bush?
Kerry 53
Bush 37
Neither 1
Both 8
No opinion 1

Fox http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,134165,00.html
NOTE: Fox didn't have an online poll on their home page, just an article headlined "Both Campaigns Claim Win; Polls Favor Kerry" which included the following para:


Both CBS and ABC released quickie reaction polls. The CBS survey of 200 "fence sitters" showed 44 percent said Kerry won, 26 percent said Bush won and 30 percent said it was a tie. The ABC numbers were similar in that 45 percent gave the edge to Kerry while 36 chose Bush and 17 percent said it was a tie.

Note that the Fox article chose not to mention the CNN & MSNBC polls that overwhelmingly favored Kerry (see above) & that polled huge numbers of people rather than small selected samples.

An alert Newshound (thanks, Marie-Therese!) subsequently found the Fox post-debate poll buried in the Greta van Susteren section, instead of being attached to the front-page stories about the debates.

Who won Thursday's presidential debate in Coral Gables, Fla.?
a. It was a tie   (15%)  7,920
b. President Bush   (41%)  21,438
c. Senator Kerry   (38%)  20,251
d. I did not watch   (5%)  2,636
e. None of the above  (1%)  519
52,764 total votes

As astute readers of this blog have noted elsewhere, even this poll was yanked within hours of being posted, as the numbers swung to Kerry, reflecting reality.

But here's the poll that takes first prize for spin, found on the chronwatch website:
Today's Poll: Why was the media so quick to say Kerry won?
Kerry did win, at least on style
Typical liberal bias
Confused attacks on Bush with policy
Media ratings need closer race
Relieved Kerry didn't self-destruct
http://www.chronwatch.com/content/contentDisplay.asp?aid=10085

ADDENDUM, 10/3/04: Thanks to a comment by an astute reader (thanks, Jorge!), I am adding results from the Spanish TV Network Telemundo Poll:
Kerry: 68%
Bush: 32%