In an instant poll released early today, most Americans believed that Barack Obama won Friday night's debate over John McCain.
The survey by CNN/Opinion Research Corp. found that 51 percent thought that Obama won, while 38 percent thought McCain did.
Respondents were generally impressed: 57 percent said Obama did better than expected and 20 percent said worse, while 60 percent said McCain did better than expected and 20 percent said worse.
One caveat for the poll: the party makeup was skewed toward Obama: 41 percent of the respondents identified themselves as Democrats, 27 percent as Republicans, and 30 percent identified themselves as Independents.
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