President Obama wins second Xbox Live presidential debate

President Barack Obama won last night's second presidential debate, according to undecided voters polled during Xbox Live's stream of the event.

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The election season is heating up, with three debates down and only one left to go before election day. The polling data during the live debate broadcasts on Xbox Live has been consistent with the general reaction so far, calling the first presidential debate a win for GOP candidate Mitt Romney and the second a win for Vice President Joe Biden. Last night, the second presidential debate took place, and Xbox Live users agree with the pundits and politicos once again: President Obama took it.

According to the Major Nelson Blog, roughly 51% of undecided voters declared Obama the winner, compared to 32% unsure and only 17% for Romney. 19% of those who were leaning toward Romney prior to the debate thought Obama won, as compared to only 2% of Obama-leaners who thought Romney won. 28% of undecided voters either leaned or supported Obama after the debate, compared to 10% of undecided who leaned or supported Romney. The blog didn't break down group-by-group percentages this time, so we can only assume that those who are already decided split down party lines.

In terms of the issues, 52% of the undecided voters thought Obama was more truthful, compared to 17% for Romney. Meanwhile, 56% thought Obama was specific enough about his plans, compared to 17% thought Romney was specific enough. You might notice those numbers are strikingly similar to the ones declaring Obama the winner, so truth and specificity go a long way toward winning. Only 22% of those who leaned toward Romney before the debate thought he was the most truthful.

The data was culled from 2 million responses to poll questions, averaging roughly 35-40,000 per question. Approximately 2,000 undecided voters responded to the questions, and Microsoft boasts that the debate had more than 100,000 viewers in all.

The last debate will take place next Monday, October 22, and will focus on foreign policy. If you watch at least three of the debates on Xbox Live, you'll snag a free Avatar Armor for being a good active citizen.

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    October 17, 2012 9:45 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, President Obama wins second Xbox Live presidential debate.

    President Barack Obama won last night's second presidential debate, according to undecided voters polled during Xbox Live's stream of the event.

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      October 17, 2012 10:30 AM

      Second place went to write-in Doritos Taco

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        October 17, 2012 9:29 PM

        Don't blame me. I voted for Code Red Mountain Dew.

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          October 17, 2012 9:30 PM

          lol, for real? everyone knows only salsa picante cheetos have the answer to our debt problem.

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      October 17, 2012 8:26 PM

      If you think about the demographic of voters on X-Box Live, this will come as no surprise.

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        October 17, 2012 8:27 PM

        Romney was the Xbox Live winner for the first debate. It says this in the second sentence of the article.

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          October 17, 2012 10:30 PM

          blizzard and EA patch day on voting day!

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        October 17, 2012 8:34 PM

        try harder

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        October 17, 2012 9:25 PM

        "undecided voters"... Can you tell us which demographic that is?

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          October 17, 2012 9:28 PM

          translation: morons.

          i mean, fuck. vote for gary johnson. don't vote. vote for bart simpson. but don't tell me you can't decide between these two. one has been president for four years and campaigned for two prior. the other has been running for close to eight fucking years. their differences are right out there.

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            October 17, 2012 10:14 PM

            I agree that undecided voters are morons, it was more of a poke at somebody who thinks undecided voters who game on xbox are somehow biased. Even then, a primary audience of 18-35 year old males who play first person console shooters doesn't exactly scream liberal.

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      October 17, 2012 8:47 PM

      My big concern with these results is that incentive scheme isn't designed to reward people who actually think about these questions. Instead it rewards showing up and mashing A to pick whatever's under the cursor. From my brief experience with the interface, it was always Obama first. With ratings numbers way down, it's pretty safe to say that the remaining folks watching this on XBL are either in it for the armor or political die-hards.

      It's a really neat idea and even could have made money for Microsoft in the future, but the execution fell short.

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        October 17, 2012 9:30 PM

        Romney won the first debate according to xbox live pole, so I'm not sure what you're on about.

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        October 17, 2012 9:31 PM

        I've done the first two debates and there were a lot more questions this time around, with hardly any time to take a breath. Having said that, there were also a lot of repeat questions.

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      October 18, 2012 2:58 AM

      All I heard was crosstalk.