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October 17th, 2012
07:24 PM ET

Poll: Obama won debate overall, but Romney still has the edge on the economy

OutFront tonight - congratulations Mr. President! Debate watchers liked you. They really did.

But there's one small problem. They didn't like you all that much where it really counts: on the economy.

In CNN's poll of debate watchers, Obama came out on top, by 7 points over Mitt Romney.

But when it came down to the economic questions - those key issues which will most likely decide this election just 20 days from now - debate watchers heavily favored Romney.

On the question of who would better handle the economy, Romney won by an 18 point advantage. He also won the questions of who would better handle the deficit and taxes, by 23 and 7 points respectively.

And the group of undecided voters I watched the debate with last night in Ohio seemed to agree.

According to our focus group, Romney's high point came when he was talking about his tax plan, as demonstrated by the scrolling line graph at the bottom of the screen.

Now to be fair, when Obama talked up his tax plan, he did okay. But it certainly wasn't the high point of the night for our undecided viewers.

So could the president's low scoring on this key issue cost him the election?

CLICK THROUGH TO SEE THE ACCOMPANYING INTERVIEW WITH LARRY SUMMERS, FORMER DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL ECONOMIC COUNCIL FOR THE PRESIDENT.


Filed under: 2012 Election • 2012 Presidential Debate • Economy • Politics
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