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Democratic Insiders Say Obama Won Debate, GOP Responders Split

Patch surveyed influential California Republicans and Democrats for their opinion on the second presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

A Patch survey of influential California partisans showed Democrats uniformly awarding victory in Tuesday's debate to President Obama, while only 10 out of 18 Republicans surveyed said Mitt Romney was the clear winner.

On the Democratic side, 12 of 14 said Obama was the winner by a wide margin while two said he won by a slim margin.  Five out of 18 Republicans said Romney won by a wide margin, five said he won by a slim margin, five said it was a draw, and three said Obama won by a slim margin.

The Patch Red and Blue California surveys are not a scientific random sample of any larger population, but rather an effort to listen to a swath of influential local Republican and Democratic activists, party leaders and elected officials in California. 

Other points of interest from the survey:

  • While only three Republicans said Obama won the debate, 12 of the 18 surveyed said the media would declare Obama the winner.
  • By contrast, 13 out of 14 Democrats said the media would portray Obama as the winner, with one saying the media would suggest it was a draw.
  • In written statements, several Republicans said the key moment for conservatives would be the discussion of whether Obama portrayed the attacks on the U.S. Embassy as an act of terrorism the morning after they occurred.  Three respondents suggest Obama was lying in his claims that he did say the attacks were terrorism, two chided moderator Candy Crowley for backing up his claim.  Seven out of 18 GOP respondents mentioned the Libya exchange as a key moment in the debate for conservatives, though only one said it would be a key moment for swing voters.
  • Five out of 14 Democrats mentioned the Libya exchange as a key moment for swing voters and three out of 14.
  • One GOP respondent wrote: "you'd have to be brain dead or willfully stupid to think that reelecting [Obama] is a good thing, but California is full of both types, so the First Failure will carry the state and we will reelect Fineswine."
  • Nine out of 18 Republicans said they "strongly agree" or "somewhat agree" that Romney's performance would help him win votes in California, while six said they were "neutral" about the statement.  Three said they somewhat disagreed.
  • Thirteen out of 14 Democratic responders said they "strongly agree" or "somewhat agree" that Obama's performance would help him win votes in California, with one saying he was "neutral."

Obama and Romney next meet on Monday at Lynn University, Boca Raton, FL, at 6 p.m. Pacific Time. Stay tuned to Patch for continuing coverage of the presidential debates.

Patch will be conducting Red California and Blue California surveys throughout 2012 in hopes of determining the true sentiment of Republicans and Democrats on the ground in California. If you are an activist, party leader or elected official and would like to take part in a weekly surveys that lasts just a few minutes, please email Sandra Oshiro.

Belle (Orchid Lady) October 20, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Thank you Alex! I knew there was something about a current Council member possibly leaving, but I couldn't remember who it was, and if that had already been decided. Local politics confuse me the most, because I get people confused, and can't remember who does what sometimes. LOL
Patricia DuMond October 20, 2012 at 10:38 PM
Thanks Alex. You make a very good point.
King Jarvis IV October 21, 2012 at 01:26 AM
Unfortunately Jill Stein was recruited by David Cobb and her campaign manager is Ben Manski. David Cobb and Ben Manski were Democratic Party Trojan Horses who manipulated the arcane rules of the Green Party to stage a coup and have Cobb named as the Green candidate in 2004(with only 12% of the votes), and effectively dismantled the Green Party and the gains they made in 2000 and threw their support to the Democrats. Cobb and Manski are trying to keep the Green Party as part of Obama’s veal pen. Now Jill Stein may be what soviets used to call a useful_idiot or she may be in on the plan to make the Green Party a tool to corral progressives into supporting Greens in “safe” states and supporting Democrats/Obama in competitive states, but either way, Ms. Stein, her political mentor Cobb and her campaign manager Manski cannot be trusted.
Carolo October 22, 2012 at 10:05 AM
A little about Benghazi that Darrell Issa probably won't like. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/18/us/politics/questions-and-answers-on-the-benghazi-attack.html http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/benghazi-attack-becomes-political-ammunition/2012/10/19/e1ad82ae-1a2d-11e2-bd10-5ff056538b7c_story.html
Michael October 22, 2012 at 04:51 PM
what seems really sad is that I heard that they are trying to get children interested in the election process so they are asking them who they think will be elected president. Problem is the children are only provided with democrat and a republican candidate choices? Why is that? There are other political parties in this country. To brainwash children into believing there are only 2 parties and 2 candidates is at a minimum dishonest and deceitful. Why would we allow this to be done to our children? Why are only 2 candidates involved in the presidential debates? Why do we continue to allow this deception and dishonesty? And worse yet civics is not even taught in our schools anymore. We are not even teaching our children the proper basics about how our democratic process works.

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