WASHINGTON – Barack Obama beat John McCain in Tuesday’s debate in the eyes of undecided voters by 61 to 39 percent, according to a new online Ipsos/McClatchy poll.
Before the debate, the 389 undecided voters favored McCain by 55-45, but after it they shifted to favor Obama over McCain by 57-43 percent.
The online survey’s value is like that of a large focus group; it is not a scientific random sample of the population, and so it has no statistical margin of error. Still, its results are illustrative of how many undecided voters perceived the debate.
While 57 percent said their opinion of each candidate wasn’t changed much by the debate, 31 percent said it made them more favorable toward Obama, while only 18 percent said that about McCain.