"Mitt Romney was seen as better able to handle the economy, taxes, and the budget deficit among the debate audience." says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.
The poll indicates that debate watchers said Romney would do a better job on economic issues.
Romney came out on top with an 18-point lead on the economy.
Romney had a 49%-46% edge on which candidate seemed to be the stronger leader and 45%-43% margin on who answered questions more directly.
In CNN’s poll, Romney led 58 percent to 40 percent on the economy against Obama. CBS had Romney winning on the economy by an even larger, 31-point margin — 65 percent to 34 percent margin.
The story was no different on MSNBC’s post debate focus group, where three out of four swing voters named Romney the winner on economic issues.
“I’m more for Mitt Romney just because I feel like he’s gonna have more of a plan. He is a business man. Businessmen can take care of it. He took care of Massachusetts, I think he can take care of us,”
said one female voter.
Another female voter who voted for Obama four years ago said,
“I really like what Mitt Romney had to say about the economy, about what he is planning on doing in order to change things for us and how President Obama has not really gotten it done in the last four years.”
And a male voter said,
“I think I’m going to have to vote for Romney and that’s primarily because of the economy. I think that Romney has a better plan and a better track record in what he’s done for the economy.”