Denver, Colorado (CNN) – Two-thirds of people who watched the first presidential debate think that Republican nominee Mitt Romney won the showdown, according to a nationwide poll conducted Wednesday night.
According to a CNN/ORC International survey conducted right after the debate, 67% of debate watchers questioned said that the Republican nominee won the faceoff, with one in four saying that President Barack Obama was victorious.
“No presidential candidate has topped 60% in that question since it was first asked in 1984,” says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.
While nearly half of debate watchers said the showdown didn’t make them more likely to vote for either candidate, 35% said the debate made them more likely to vote for Romney while only 18% said the faceoff made them more likely to vote to re-elect the president.
More than six in ten said that president did worse than expected, with one in five saying that Obama performed better than expected. Compare that to the 82% who said that Romney performed better than expected. Only one in ten felt that the former Massachusetts governor performed worse than expected.
“This poll does not and cannot reflect the views of all Americans. It only represents the views of people who watched the debate and by definition cannot be an indication of how the entire American public will react to Wednesday’s debate in the coming days,” cautions Holland.
WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — President Obama’s former environmental jobs czar believes his former boss lost the debate.
Van Jones, President Obama’s former special adviser for green jobs, said on CNN that the president was not ready for Wednesday night’s debate against Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
“I think he took Romney too lightly. I think he did not expect Romney to throw that kind of heat,” Jones explained.
Jones added: “Romney was able to ‘out-Obama’ Obama. On the connection piece, on the authenticity piece, on the being able to tell the story.”
Jones said Obama’s game-plan set him up for failure.
Several other Democratic pundits, including James Carville, Andrew Sullivan and Michael Moore, believed that Romney won Wednesday’s debate.
A CNN poll found that 67 percent believe Romney won the debate, compared to only 25 percent for Obama.
Jones resigned from his White House position in September 2009 after signing a petition saying that the 9/11 attacks might have been an inside job orchestrated by former President George W. Bush.