According to a CBS poll of 500 voters, 53% "gave the foreign policy-themed debate to Mr. Obama; 23% said Romney won, and 24% felt the debate was a tie." A CNN/ORC poll found that 48% went for Mr. Obama and 40% went for Mr. Romney.
Interestingly, CNN reports that "half of those questioned say that the debate did not affect how they would vote." Perhaps it's a matter of the much-vaunted "undecided" voter being overhyped. Or perhaps, at this point, even they have made up their minds. Mr. Obama was deemed the winner of last week's townhall-style debate, yet that didn't seem to gain him much ground in polls conducted since then. Many give Mr. Romney an edge nationally. Keep in mind, however, that the election will be decided on a state-by -state basis and while Mr. Romney has gained ground in some key swing states -- taking the lead in Florida, for example -- Mr. Obama is still ahead in others.