President Barack Obama outperformed Mitt Romney in their second presidential debate, according to a CNN/ORC poll of people who watched Tuesday nights debate.
According to the poll, 46% of respondents said Obama won the debate, compared with 39% for Romney. The poll has a sampling error of +/-4.5%.
During the debate, a forceful Obama defended his record and challenged Romney on shifting positions in the 90-minute debate, arguing his Republican rival's policies would favor the wealthy if elected.
Romney repeatedly attacked Obama's record, saying millions of unemployed people and sluggish economic recovery showed the president's policies had failed.
Obama was more animated and engaged than his understated and widely panned performance in their first debate nearly two weeks ago.
A third and final presidential debate focusing on foreign policy will take place October 22 in Florida.
Get full election coverage on CNN TV, CNN.com and CNN's mobile apps. Watch the debate replay beginning at 12:30 a.m. ET Wednesday. On your CNN.com browser, use our new digital tool to view, replay and share your favorite debate clips.
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