Local Debate Reaction: Democrats Think Obama Won, Republicans Side with Romney
Both parties thought the debate would earn their candidate more Ohio votes.
The outcome of the third and final presidential debate again depends on who you support—local Democrats overwhelmingly thought that President Barack Obama won, while local Republicans said the debate belonged to Mitt Romney.
But many members of both parties were sure that the national media would declare Obama the winner. About 86 percent of the Democrats thought that would be the case—the rest thought it would be declared neutral—and about 48 percent of Republicans thought the media would give the debate to Obama. Only 28 percent thought it would go to Romney, with the rest saying the media would declare it neutral.
The surveys were part of Patch’s Red/Blue Northeast Ohio series. There were 25 local Republicans and 14 local Democrats who responded to yesterday’s survey about the final presidential debate at Lynn University.
Romney’s comments about connecting the American economy to the strength of the military would stand out to both conservatives and swing voters in Ohio, a number of Republican responders said.
“Mitt Romney declaring that to be strong abroad, we must be strong at home,” would stand out to swing voters, one Republican respondent wrote.
Many Democratic responders thought swing voters would respond to the fact that many of Romney’s policies aligned with Obama’s, and that liberals would remember Obama’s comments that Romney’s policies were outdated.
“Mitt Romney's foreign policy takes us back to the 1980's, his social policy to the 1950's, and his economic policy to the 1920's,” one respondent wrote.
If you’re talking about memorable lines, Republicans thought Romney’s comment “attacking me is not an agenda” was strong, while Democrats were fans of Obama’s “fewer horses and bayonets” comment.
The majority of both parties thought the debate would help their candidate win votes in Ohio, but the Democrats were more confident. All but one of the Democratic respondents said the debate would help win votes, and one person was neutral. About 64 percent of Republican respondents thought the debate would win more Ohio votes for Romney, 12 percent disagreed and the rest were neutral.
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