Flash Poll: No Clear Winner in Monday Night's Debate

Not surprisingly, Republican respondents said Mitt Romney won and Democrats said Barack Obama won. But Democratic respondents were much stronger in their opinion.


Your view of Monday night’s presidential debate on foreign policy may come down to who you already supported for president.

A Patch flash poll of influential Republicans and Democrats in Georgia found that opinions on who won generally fell along party lines: Republicans thought Gov. Mitt Romney was the winner and Democrats thought President Barack Obama prevailed.

It was a strong contrast to the first time the candidates faced off on Oct. 3, when the consensus of both parties was that Obama looked bored or annoyed and that Romney succeeded in presenting himself as presidential.

Republican respondents said they felt Romney won the final debate, with 26.7 percent saying it was “by a wide margin” and 40 percent “by a slim margin.” Another 23.3 percent were neutral on the question and few Republicans gave the win to Obama.

Democrats also said their own candidate won Monday’s debate, but they were much stronger in their assessment, with 90.5 percent saying Obama won “by a wide margin” and 9.5 percent saying he won “by a slim margin.”

The flash poll of elected officials, candidates and activists is unscientific. Thirty Republicans and 21 Democrats took part.

Several Republican respondents said they thought Obama was aggressive and “disrespectful” in his tone, while they saw Romney as calm and in command of his arguments. Democratic respondents saw Romney as a flip-flopper who was loose with the facts.

Respondents in both parties predicted that the national media would declare Obama the winner, with 57 percent of Republicans and 86 percent of Democrats saying the president would get the nod of pundits.

Respondents in both parties were mixed on whether Monday night’s debate would help their candidate make a stronger showing in Georgia. No clear pattern emerged, but several respondents noted that Georgia remains a Red State that should be safe for Romney.

One Republican respondent predicted:

“Georgia will vote Romney, the nation will vote for Obama, the Republicans retain the House, the Democrats will retain the Senate by a slim margin. Get ready for 4 more years that look just like the last.”

What do you think? How much do the debates matter? Do you think Republicans will win Georgia by as wide a margin as they did in the 2008 presidential election?

Andrew October 25, 2012 at 10:47 PM
If you look at the figures 80% of students take the SAT in Georgia while the leaders on the SAT have 5%, 7%, and 3% of students taking the test. http://www.commonwealthfoundation.org/policyblog/detail/sat-scores-by-state-2011 Here is an article about GA being number 7: http://blogs.ajc.com/get-schooled-blog/2012/01/12/georgia-earns-a-7th-place-ranking-nice-to-see-us-up-there-with-new-york-and-massachusetts-for-a-change/
Andrew October 25, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Even the liberal Huffington Post has Georgia at number 19 which is way ahead of California (34): http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/11/state-education-rankings-_n_894528.html
Stan October 25, 2012 at 10:57 PM
Read your article in the AJC a little closer, Georgia gets an F for results. Pick any accepted standards for judging performance and Georgia is near the bottom. If you want to be denial and put lipstick on this pig go ahead.
Andrew October 25, 2012 at 11:20 PM
If you go back to the source and click on Ga you can plainly see no F's were given http://www.edweek.org/ew/qc/2012/16src.h31.html. I posted numerous links while you posting your opinion. Talk without proof is cheap. I know you want to see Georgia look bad but it is not so.
Sharpie November 05, 2012 at 02:35 PM
"Support for Kill List and NDAA make Obama and Romney Unfit for Office" http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/reawakening-liberty/2012/nov/2/support-kill-list-and-ndaa-make-obama-and-romney-u/ See if there is a clear winner to our Presidential Election 2012. Make a special note to watch the Free and Equal Election Debate between third party Presidential candidates, Gov. Gary Johnson (Libertarian) and Dr. Jill Stein (Green), to be aired tonight on Monday evening, Nov. 5th from 9:00 - 10:30 pm Eastern Time. Perform a worthwhile civic duty, and be certain to listen in on this historic debate so that you can make an informed decision on voting day. Third party candidates who will be on the ballot in most states deserve to be heard. http://freeandequal.org/?v=1


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