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Obama Romney Presidential Debate: Poll of Squidoo Members

Updated on January 27, 2015

Obama Romney Presidential Debates: Who's Winning?

The Obama-Romney presidential debates look like they could be the deciding factor in the upcoming U.S. elections. So I thought I'd do a little poll of the Squidoo community and see what people here think.

The first debate, which Romney is widely acknowledged to have won, narrowed the race to almost neck and neck in the crucial states, with the President's lackluster performance enabling Romney to recover from his inept remarks about the 47 percent just prior to the first debate.

I, for one, was completely shocked by the way the President started off the first debate, promising his wife that next year this time they wouldn't be celebrating their wedding anniversary in front of millions of people. To me this looked like a Freudian slip that conveyed a either a lack of enthusiasm for the job or an air of defeatism, because, of course, if Obama wins he will be celebrating his anniversary in front of millions of people, at least in a figurative sense. And so, this seemed to me to be a very poor choice of words with which to start the debate.

But the second debate was much more evenly matched. Both candidates more or less reverted to type with Obama recovering his cool and needling Romney about the difference in the size of their pensions, and Romney not as smooth as he seemed in the first debate, but still coming off as the experienced businessman turned concerned citizen. Polls for the second debate show Obama as the winner, by a small margin.

What do you think?

Which party do you belong to?

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A Short History of Influential Debates in American Politcs

Debates have proved decisive to the political outcome in many an election. Below is a short list of influential debates, and their result.

Lincoln Douglas Senatorial Debates 1858

Though not a presidential contest, these are probably the most famous debates in American political history, arguing the morality of slavery. Douglas won the seat, but the debates helped give Lincoln national exposure which ultimately resulted in his election as President and his fateful decision to enter the Civil War.

Kennedy Nixon Presidential Debate 1960

Kennedy and Nixon made history with the first televised debate between two candidates for president. The good looks and oratorical skills displayed in the debate by a photogenic young Kennedy helped him win the election, becoming the first Catholic to do so. (This may not sound like much now, but back then there were plenty of Americans who feared that if a Catholic became president, Rome would control America.)

Carter Ford Presidential Debates- 1976

These debates also proved decisive in the election. During second debate on foreign policy, Ford "There is no Soviet domination of Eastern Europe and there never will be under a Ford administration." After this, the Ford campaign stalled, and Carter won a very close election.

Carter Reagan Presidential Debates - 1980

Once again, the presidential debates had a major influence on the election in 1980. The telegenic Reagan, with years of on-camera experience, came across much better than Carter, propelling him to a landslide victory.

Will the Obama Romney debates prove equally decisive? Take the polls below and weigh in with your opinion.

Who do you think won the first debate?

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Who do you think won the first debate?

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Please only answer this if you are an 'other' or 'undecided'

Who do you think won the first debate?

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Watch the Complete First Obama Romney Debate Online - (in case you missed it)

Who do you think won the second debate?

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Have the debates made you rethink who you are going to vote for?

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Watch Complete Second Obama Romney Debate Online

What's the most important issue to you in this campaign?

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Which candidate do you feel will do the best job on the issue you care most about?

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Which candidate do you feel will do the best overall job?

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Who are you going to vote for?

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Which party did you vote for in the last election?

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Are you going to vote for a different one this time?

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Who do you think won the third debate?

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Watch the Complete Third Obama Romney Presidential Debate Online

Who do you think is going to win

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A Blast from the Past: Watch the Historic Kennedy Nixon Debates

Worth watching (though a bit tame by today's standards), if only to understand how profoundly television changed politics, and to see the magnificently photogenic Kennedy in action. Polls at the time reported that those who heard the debates on the radio declared Nixon the winner, while those who watched on TV thought that Kennedy won. Also interesting is the degree of formality compared to today's debates, with professional journalists asking the questions, and the candidates sticking strictly to the podium. No shark circling and finger jabbing in sight, and (heaven forbid) no pissing contests over size of anyone's respective, er, pensions.

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    • CampingmanNW profile image

      CampingmanNW 3 years ago

      I too was late in finding your lens, and the answer as to who won was obvious. The Independent voter stayed home, the Conservatives dribbled in to vote in small numbers due to apathy over the candidate.and the low information voter voted on whatever...to re-elect this fellow. Two election cycles in a row when the Republican's fielded a moderate and their voting base responded by not showing up.

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      dwindhaus lm 4 years ago

      I came in late on this but still added my 2cents.

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      AllThingsPotter 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks for sharing. It's so interesting to see how the 'real' people answering here were much closer to being right about the results than the official pollsters.

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      AllThingsPotter 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks for sharing. It's so interesting to see how the 'real' people answering here were much closer to being right about the results than the official pollsters.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I am quite late in finding this lens, but I am happy to share my opinions. Facebook gets so angry and nasty in a hurry over anything political.

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      AllThingsPotter 4 years ago

      Since I'm conducting the poll, I have to remain neutral :-). But you can probably guess who I'm for.

    • ViolaSuSi profile image

      ViolaSuSi 4 years ago

      I'm from Europe so nothing to do with the US elections. But I'm totally on Obama's side. I hope he wins. Romney is a businessman, he'll care about the rich and not the poor. All my support to Obama.

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      Deborah Swain 4 years ago from Rome, Italy

      I'm not a US citizen but the rest of the world is watching very carefully...I'm rooting for Obama all the way!