New York, Oct.8 : Thirty-nine percent of the 400 uncommitted voters surveyed by CBS have identified Barack Obama as the winner of the second presidential debate held in Nashville, Tennessee. Twenty-seven percent said John McCain won, while 35 percent declared the debate a draw.
After the debate, 68 percent of uncommitted voters said that they thought Obama will make the right decisions on the economy, compared to 54 percent who said that before the debate. Fewer thought McCain would do so - 49 percent after the debate, and 41 percent before.
Before the debate, 60 percent thought Obama understands voters' needs and problems; that rose to 80 percent after the debate. For McCain, 35 percent felt he understands voters' needs before the debate, and 46 percent thought so afterwards.
There is some good news for McCain, who still dominates Obama when it comes to perceptions of readiness to be president. Before the debate, 42 percent thought Obama was prepared for the job, and that percentage rose to 57 percent after the debate. But 80 percent felt McCain was prepared for the job before the debate, and 84 percent thought so afterwards.