8:32 am Oct. 23, 2012
President Obama won the third and final debate last night, according to snap polls taken after he and Mitt Romney met in Boca Raton for a sit-down discussion of foreign policy.
In an instant poll conducted by CBS News, which was the first to be released last night, it was a blowout: 53 percent said Obama won, compared to just 23 percent for Romney.
Two other surveys had Obama as a clear, if not so commanding, winner. Public Policy Polling put it at 53 percent to 42 percent in the president's favor. And CNN had 48 percent to 40 percent for the president.
(The CNN dial of insta-reaction from undecided voters in Florida also seemed to consistently favor Obama's answers, for what that's worth.)
Some of the crosstabs look even better for the president.
In the CBS, poll, 64 percent trust him more on terrorism, compared to 36 percent for Romney.
And in the PPP poll, his debate performance won with a 55-40 margin among independent debate-watchers in swing states.
But, unlike the first debate, when Obama's clunker caused consternation across the left, Republicans don't seem overly upset about Romney's night.
In the PPP survey, 81 percent of Republicans declared him the winner, with only 9 percent saying he lost. (Another 9 percent were undecided.)
On an issue that was largely seen as a liability, Romney seemed forceful enough, and escaped without having committed any major gaffes, treating the final debate more like a minor battle in a war that's been trending his way.