By a wide margin, voters say President Barack Obama “won” his second debate with Mitt Romney Tuesday night, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released Wednesday.
Forty-eight percent of registered voters gave the victory to Obama, while 33 percent say Romney prevailed, the online poll of 665 people found. The margin of error was 4.4 points either way.
The poll reflects the broad consensus of debate observers who said Obama's forceful approach gave him the upper hand over Romney, who was unanimously seen as the victor in their first matchup on Oct. 3.
"Clearly the debate was a bit of a turnaround for Obama. He put in a much stronger performance than he did in the first debate, and it's showing in the numbers," said Ipsos pollster Julia Clark.
On the other hand, Gallup’s daily national tracking poll gave Romney a 51 to 45 percent lead Wednesday.