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Survey: PA Dems More Unified on Outcome of Monday's Debate

A Patch flash survey of political activists in Pennsylvania shows differing takes on the impact of the final presidential debate

Pennsylvania Democrats sound a bit more confident than Republicans that Monday night's foreign policy debate will help win votes for their candidate in the Keystone State, according to brief overnight surveys by Patch.

When asked if their candidate's debate performance will help him in Pennsylvania:

  • 19 of 22 Democrats who responded agreed, while three were neutral
  • 17 of 23 Republicans agreed while one disagreed, three were neutral and two had no opinion

When asked who won:

  • 15 Republicans said former Gov. Mitt Romney won while one said President Barack Obama, five were neutral and two had no opinion
  • 21 Democrats said Obama won, while one was neutral

When asked who the consensus winner as declared by national media would be:

  • 13 Republicans said Obama, while two said Romney, six were neutral and two had no opinion
  • All 22 Democrats said Obama

The catchy phrases that stuck with debate watchers varied:

  • Republicans said Romney's reference to Obama's "apology tour" was a memorable moment for conservatives.
  • Democrats singled out Obama's "horses and bayonets" remark in responding to Romney on the strength of the modern U.S. military.

In their survey comments, Pennsylvania Republicans repeatedly noted Romney's presidential bearing:

  • President Obama acted like he needed a big victory tonight. Romney behaved like a President.
  • During the debates, both Obama and Biden have come across as angry and arrogant.
  • Overall good debate.  Mitt looked as if he was the president whereas Obama looked angry and rather unprofessional at times.
  • Romney continued to look more presidential. His demeanor was superior to the President's.
  • I think the debates helped Gov. Romney this year in much the same way they helped Reagan in 1980 and Kennedy in 1960.
  • People will think of Romney as presidentia,l where Obama came across as petty.

Democrats, in their comments, criticized Romney for being inconsistent and praised Obama's performance:

  • Romney is all over the place and spineless; he just says anything
  • I have never seen a candidate be as dishonest and inconsistent as Mitt Romney.
  • I think President Obama made the case tonight. I think there will be some that know our economy is tied to world events, and that the President, despite setbacks, has had a steady hand, and hasn't pushed us off into anything, and that will be important to continue our recovery in global uncertainty the next four years.
  • If 60% of undecided voters are women, I think they would be more attracted to Obama's foreign policy (less bellicose) and emphasis on need to concentrate on education and infrastructure at home.

One Democrat was "pleased at the bi-partisan tone of Mr. Romney on those immediate foreign policy "problems' such as Syria, Egypt.  Some on the right may see it as weakness on his part but I see it as adult behavior and statesmanship."

Patch's survey takers are local elected officials, candidates and activists who volunteered to take part in this non-scientific project.

cc October 30, 2012 at 09:53 AM
no lets pray for you leonA aka all your other names that you make so you can agree with your self since no one else will. Your the one that needs major mental health help.
cc October 30, 2012 at 09:57 AM
LeonA and aka all your alias you are nothing but a bully along with a few others on here. Then when you get slammed back you run to Bob and cry that they are picking on you.
cc October 30, 2012 at 10:21 AM
bonita there is a few on here that will play the race card when you say that you won't vote for obama. No one in this day and age gives a hoot what color he is as he could be purple or pink but since they have run out of lies to feed you on how great obummer is doing, that is when it comes out.
cc October 30, 2012 at 10:24 AM
Wow, are we suppose to be impressed that your voting on the President based on horse racing odds at the Meadows. Now I heard every thing.
NE12Ukid November 02, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Repeating the Romney lie about Jeep won't make it true. "A Chrysler executive told Donald Trump in a Tweet on Thursday that the real estate executive and television personality was "full of s*it" for repeating a notion that Chrysler is shipping U.S. Jeep production to China, which the automaker refutes.Ralph Gilles, the head of product design for Chrysler, became the second top Chrysler executive in three days to strongly deny the claim, which was first made by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney last week to a crowd in Ohio." Full story: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/01/ralph-gilles-donald-trump-chrysler_n_2060531.html?utm_hp_ref=daily-brief?utm_source=DailyBrief&utm_campaign=110212&utm_medium=email&utm_content=NewsEntry&utm_term=Daily%20Brief

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