2008 Washington State Poll: This Time Obama Wins
posted by October 7 at 23:15 PMon
You may recall that after the first presidential debate, Survey USA released a poll of Washington State adults that found people here believing, by a small margin, that McCain was the winner. (The finding stood in stark contrast to most post-first-debate national polls, which found respondents, by considerable margins, believing that Obama had won.)
After the second presidential debate tonight, Survey USA again polled Washington State adults, and this time found them in sync with the national polls.
54% say Obama was the clear winner.
29% say McCain was the clear winner.
18% say there was no clear winner.
That’s a very large change in Washington State opinion from one presidential debate to the next, especially when the two debates weren’t really all that different in tone and content, so maybe it’s a problem with the poll’s methodology. Survey USA, for its part, suggests that the change can be explained by a shift of independents away from McCain and toward Obama, and the fact that fewer Washington State Republicans seem to have watched this second debate. “Some Republicans may have lost interest in the race,” Survey USA says.