Liveblooging 11: post-mortem

CBS couldn’t gather an audience of truly undecided voters; the ones they found leaned to Obama. But they liked Biden’s answers better than Palin, most dramatically on the war in Iraq. Biden’s “we’re getting out of Iraq scored 70; Palin’s “white flag of surrender” scored 35.

In a separate sample of 500 undecideds watching at home, 46% thought Biden won, 23% thought Palin won. 18% went from “uncommitted” to supporting Obama; 10% to McCain.

CNN shows Biden winning in a focus group and a sample of all viewers (51-36).

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