Flash polls: Obama wins big

The talking heads thought McCain had a good night. The voters disagreed.

CBS snap poll:

Who won? Obama 53, McCain 22.

Who are you voting for now? Obama 28, McCain 14.

CNN poll of debate-watchers:

Who won: Obama 58-31

Obama’s favorables went up, unfavorables down.

The reverse was true of McCain: “after” was 49-49.

Now the CNN talking heads are noticing everything I noticed. They thought that McCain’s attacks made him look strong, and Obama’s flat affect made him look weak; now they see that McCain looked angry and Obama looked like a President.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com