The CNN Post-Debate Poll That Romney Won

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Oct. 22 2012 11:52 PM

The CNN Post-Debate Poll That Romney Won

If there's a grimy lining to Barack Obama's debate performance, it's in the internals of the CNN snap poll. It's a small sample, 356 people, 30% Republican and 34% Democratic. Second-to-last question: Do you think Mitt Romney can or cannot handle the responsibilities of Commander-in Chief?

All voters: Yes, by a 60-38 margin. Independents: Yes, by a 62-36 margin.

Next question: Did tonight's debate make you more likely to vote for Barack Obama or more likely to vote for Mitt Romney, or did tonight's debate not affect how you are likely to vote?

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Among all voters: Romney, 25-24. Among independents, it's Romney by a 32-20 margin.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter.