How badly did President Obama lose the first presidential debate?
Gallup says 72 percent of those who watched the debate believed that Romney had won; just 20 percent sided with Obama. In fact, “Romney’s 52-point win is the largest Gallup has measured. The prior largest margin was 42 points for Bill Clinton over George H.W. Bush in the 1992 town hall debate.”
But here’s the most important thing:
In its three days of polling prior to the debate, Gallup found Obama with a consistent four-to-six point lead. In the three after the debate, Gallup found them even. Historically, debates aren’t supposed to shift the polls to such a degree, but historically, that was a whupping the likes of which we hadn’t seen before.
– Jay Bookman