Most of the post-debate polls have declared Obama the winner. The Associated Press says that Obama has a clear advantage over McCain.
Immediately following the debate most commentators have had to admit that last night debate produced no clear winner. Poll results from the major networks, however, show that Obama is clearly the winner.
Commentator William Kristol said on Fox News Channel that there was no knockout.
CNN analyst David Gergen says the clear victory McCain needed "eluded him."
CBS News is reporting that more uncommitted voters saw Obama as the debate winner.
Thirty-nine percent of uncommitted voters who watched the debate tonight thought Barack Obama was the winner.
Twenty-four percent thought John McCain won.
Thirty-seven percent saw it as a draw.
Forty-six percent of uncommitted voters said their opinion of Obama got better tonight.
Thirty-two percent said their opinion of McCain got better.
Sixty-six percent of uncommitted voters think Obama would make the right decisions about the economy. Forty-two percent think McCain would.
Forty-eight percent of these voters think Obama would make the right decisions about Iraq.
Fifty-six percent think McCain would.
Here’s a brief rundown of the poll results for the first presidential debate as reported by George Harris, Kansas City Star Readers Advisory Panel 2008
CBS Insta Poll shows Barack Obama won 39% to John McCain's 25% with 36% saying the debate was a draw.
Insider Advantage reports those polled Obama won 42% to McCain's 41% with Undecided 17%
CNN reports voter opinions that Obama "did better" 51%, McCain "did better" 38%
The CNN poll showed men were evenly split, but women gave Obama higher marks 59% to 41% for McCain.
The CNN pollster noted a slight Democratic bias in the survey. Well, there just are more Democrats in the country. So more Democrats watched. However, this may also suggest Democratic enthusiasm which will help turn out the vote.
The MSNBC on-line (non-scientific) poll showed Obama winning the debate 52% to 33%. (But this is what one would expect from such a poll at MSNBC because of the nature of its viewers.)