Local Debate Reaction: Democrats Think Obama Won, While Republicans Support Romney
Respondents from both parties thought the national media would declare Barack Obama the winner.
So who won Tuesday night’s debate? Depends on who you ask.
Local Democrats surveyed by Patch were enthusiastic about the second presidential debate, with all respondents saying that President Barack Obama won, and most saying that he won by a wide margin. They were also confident that the national media would declare the president the overall winner of the night.
The local Republicans Patch surveyed had faith in their candidate, but they weren’t as confident in the media. The majority thought Mitt Romney won, with a few calling the debate neutral and one saying that Obama came out as the winner. But nearly half said that Obama would be declared the winner by the national media; only about 28 percent thought that Romney would be.
Some of the Republican responders noted that Obama’s performance had improved, but they weren’t impressed. “Obama will be declared the winner because he was so much better than the last debate, but that is like bragging about getting a C is so much better than an F,” one responder wrote.
The polls were part of Patch’s Red/Blue Northeast Ohio series. Twenty-nine local Republicans and 18 local Democrats responded to yesterday’s poll.
Republicans said some of the most important moments for conservatives in Ohio would be the president’s reaction to the attack in Benghazi and the discussion on energy.
“Energy: President Obama failed to sway voters who know the importance of Ohio coal. His insistence on "green energy" proves he is no friend to OH, PA & WV,” one responder wrote.
As for swing voters, Republican respondents again mentioned Benghazi and Obama’s record overall. About 62 percent thought Tuesday’s performance would increase the number of votes Romney would get in Ohio.
Democrats said liberals and progressives in the state would remember Obama’s closing statement, where he brought up Romney’s 47 percent comment. All but one respondent thought the debate would win Obama more Ohio votes. A few thought the issues of taxes and the economy would most interest swing voters.
“Governor Romney was unable to articulate a valid tax plan,” one respondent wrote. “The numbers just don't add up and I believe a lot of Ohio voters would like to know where Governor Romney wants to cut the federal budget to pay for another tax cut for the wealthiest Americans.”
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