Washington, Oct 16 : Following the trend witnessed in the two earlier US presidential debates, more uncommitted voters favoured the former as the winner ahead of today's third debate between Democratic candidate Barack Obama and his Republican John McCain too.
According to the findings of the poll conducted by the CBS News and Knowledge Networks, 53 percent of the uncommitted voters identified Obama as the winner of tonight's debate, while 22 percent said Republican rival John McCain would win won. 25 percent of the voters saw the debate as a draw.
In all 638 uncommitted voters were covered in the poll.
In the first presidential and second debates and the following vice-presidential debate, more uncommitted voters had said that the Democratic candidate was the victor.
According to cbsnews.com, more uncommitted voters trusted Obama than McCain to make the right decisions about health care. Before the debate, 61 percent of uncommitted voters said that they trust Obama on the issue; after 68 percent said so. 27 percent trusted McCain to manage health care before the debate; thirty percent said so afterwards.
64 percent said they think Obama will raise their taxes, while 50 percent think McCain will.
Before the debate, 54 percent thought Obama shared their values. That percentage rose to 64 percent after the debate. For McCain, 52 percent thought he shared their values before the debate, and fifty-five percent thought so afterwards.
Before the debate, 50 percent said they trusted Obama to handle a crisis; that rose to 63 percent afterwards. More uncommitted voters trusted McCain on this - 78 percent before the debate, 82 percent after the debate.
But, more trusted Obama than McCain to make the right decisions about the economy. Before the debate, 54 percent of uncommitted voters said that they trust Obama to make the right decisions about the economy; after, sixty-five percent said that. Before, 38 percent trusted McCain to do so, and 48 percent did after the debate.