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2012 election: Outcome of second presidential debate

This statistic shows an opinion poll regarding the outcome of the second presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney in the 2012 election on October 16. After the debate, 46 percent of the respondents stated that Barack Obama had done the best job in the debate.

Who do you think did the best job in the second presidential debate in the 2012 elections on October 16?

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Release date

October 2012


United States

Survey time period

October 16, 2012

Number of respondents

457 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Special properties

Registered voters who watched the debate

Method of interview

Telephone interview

Supplementary notes

The sample of debate-watchers in this poll were 33% Democratic and 33% Republican. That indicates that the sample of debate watchers is about 8 points more Republican than an average of all Americans in 2012, so the respondents were more Republican than the general public.

The source gives no information regarding the missing percentage points to hundert percent.

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