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Did heated presidential debate sway undecided voters?


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SALT LAKE CITY — Tuesday night a group of Utah voters, most of them undecided, joined KSL News to watch the second presidential debate.

The debate between President Barack Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney was definitely heated, swaying some of our voters views. But others said they're still undecided.

Each of our Utahns said they came in undecided, and each said Obama did much better than the first debate.


I will vote, but neither (Romney nor President Obama) earned my vote.

–Dave Bergin, undecided voter


While both candidates aimed to win over women voters, none of the women on our panel were swayed.

"I just get frustrated," Brittany Nielson said. "Someone else said ‘performance', and that's exactly what it looked like to me. … Meanwhile, I have professors telling me that there are no jobs waiting for me."

Two of our undecided voters said they voted for Obama last time. This time, two say they'll vote for a third party.

"I will probably maybe jump on the Gary Johnson bandwagon, or who knows?" Dave Bergin said. "I will vote, but neither (Romney nor President Obama) earned my vote."

Two said — in part, thanks to another solid debate performance — they're voting for Romney.

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"I really felt that he connected with the people, and I felt Obama did not answer the questions, and so I would lean more towards Romney," Paul Wilson said.

"I think that President Obama relied a lot on ‘let me tell you a story about that' instead of ‘here's an action plan, and here's the situation, here's how we put that into a solution,'" Anna Stoddard said.

Three said, at this point, they're thinking about not voting at all.

We reached out to this group of voters on Facebook, and it should be noted this is not a scientific survey. Of course, it's the undecided voters in the eight or 10 swing states that will really matter.

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