Did the first Romney-Obama debate change anything? There's been a lot of talk about how Romney won it, but a story in today's Washington Post may make you wonder.
The headline says "GOP's zeal for Romney grows," but the poll numbers haven't changed much, suggesting that he needs not more zealous voters but simply more voters. The new Washington Post-ABC News poll, the story says, shows 49% for Obama, 46% for Romney, adding that's "basically unmoved from...before the two candidates met in...their first debate." The story doesn't say what the poll's margin of error is; they are often around three percent.
Other poll puzzles: "…the survey portrays an electorate...deeply divided along partisan lines and locked in its views." Two more debates are scheduled. "Nearly two-thirds say they do not need any more information before Election Day and barely one in eight is undecided. Even as voters overwhelmingly perceive that Romney won the first debate, the vast majority say their view of the president did not shift as a result."
Okay. We had a debate. One candidate won but it didn't matter, so we're going to have two more. I hope that makes everything perfectly clear.