Gallup: Majority Declares Obama The Winner Of Second Debate

A majority of Americans who tuned in to Tuesday’s town hall debate in Hempstead, N.Y. said President Barack Obama outperformed Mitt Romney, a new poll from Gallup released Friday shows.

According to the poll, 51 percent of debate watchers said Obama was the winner of the second debate, while 38 percent judged Romney the winner.

While that’s a clear victory for the president, it’s a much narrower margin than what Gallup showed in its poll following the first debate.  A staggering 72 percent of Americans who watched that debate — held on Oct. 3 in Denver — said Romney was the winner, compared with only 20 percent who gave the edge to Obama.  That made for the largest margin of victory in the history of Gallup’s post-debate polling.




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