Republican Mitt Romney won Wednesday’s first presidential debate with President Barack Obama, according to a CNN/ORC International poll of registered voters who watched the nationally televised event.

Sixty-seven percent of those surveyed said Romney fared better, compared with 25 percent for Obama, according to results aired on CNN after the match concluded. Forty-six percent said they found Romney more likeable, compared with 45 percent for Obama, CNN reported.

The CNN poll interviewed 430 Americans by telephone after the debate and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.

During the 90-minute debate at the University of Denver in Colorado, Romney tried to paint Obama as a big-government Democrat while Obama said Romney’s plans favored the rich at the expense of the middle class.

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Obama has held an edge over the former Massachusetts governor in recent polls of likely voters. The president led Romney, 49 percent to 46 percent, in a national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Wednesday, down from 50 percent to 45 percent in a comparable survey two weeks earlier.

A NPR poll released Thursday gave Obama a seven-point lead, 51 percent to 44 percent, among likely voters nationally. That survey of 800 likely voters was conducted Sept. 26-30 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

The next debate between the two candidates is scheduled for Oct. 16 at Hofstra University in Hempstead.