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FLASH POLL: Who Won the Obama-Romney Debate, Round Two

President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney squared off in the second presidential debate on Tuesday, Oct. 16. Here's how Rhode Island Republicans and Democrats reacted.

 

Rhode Island Democrats are more confident this time around in President Obama's debate performance over the first, while state Republicans feel former Gov. Mitt Romney's debate performance was less encouraging than the first. 

That's the major finding of the Red and Blue Rhody flash polls sent out to local political influencers immediately after the debate ended Tuesday night.

Obama and Romney faced off on Oct. 16 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. in a town hall format, with CNN's Candy Crowley moderating a debate that covered both domestic and foreign policy.

At the conclusion of the debate, Patch surveyed 52 Republicans and 51 Democrats, asking who they thought won the debate. Among those who responded, 61% of the Republicans surveyed said Romney won by a slim margin, while 8% said he won by a wide margin. Twenty-three percent said they were neutral on his performance, while another 8% of Republicans felt Obama won by a slim margin.

Democrats surveyed this time around were more confident in the President's performance. Seventy-five percent felt he won by a wide margin while 25% said President Obama won by a slim margin.

Our next survey question asked both Democrats and Republicans who they thought the national media would declare the winner. Twenty-five-percent of the Democrats surveyed thought the media would declare Obama the winner by a wide margin, while the other 75% said the media would declare Obama the winner by slim margin.

However, the Republicans we surveyed were not as confident with their candidate. Forty-six percent of the Republicans surveyed felt Barack Obama would be declared the winner by the national media. Another 23% felt he would be declared the winner by a large margin. Only 8% felt Mitt Romney would be declared the winner by a slim margin. Twenty-three percent surveyed said they were neutral on this question.

Moment of the night

When we asked both Republicans and Democrats what moment stood out during Tuesday night's debate, the answers were mixed on both sides. Both parties however, did agree that the topic of Libya and the answers each candidate supplied stood out. For the Democrats, other moments that stood out included the President pushing back on issues including Romney's foreign investments and five point plan along with Romney's stance on women's rights.

For Republicans, moments that stood out during the debate for them was Romney's answers related to growing the economy and jobs as well as his leadership he had shown throughout the debate. Other standout moments included Romney's independence policy that he talked about as well as pressuring the President on the issue of oil permits. 

Who will get more votes in Rhode Island?

We concluded our survey by asking our political influencers on both sides if they thought their candidate's performance Tuesday night would increase the number of votes they get in Rhode Island come Election Day. Fifty percent of the democrats surveyed strongly agree that the President's performance last night would increase the votes he gets in Rhode Island. While another 50% said they somewhat agree that he would get more votes.

On the Republican side, our political influencers were much more divided. Fifteen percent strongly agree that Mitt Romney will get more votes on Election Day here in Rhode Island based on last night's performance. However 23% somewhat agree that he will get more votes. Another 23% were neutral. Fifteen percent said they somewhat disagree on last night's performance getting Romney more votes while 8% strongly disagree. Fifteen percent said they had no opinion.

Our surveys are not a scientific random sample of any larger population but rather an effort to listen to a swatch of influential local Republican and Democratic activists, party leaders and elected officials in Rhode Island. All of these individuals have agreed to participate in surveys, although not all responded to this week's questions.

Patch will be conducting Red Rhody and Blue Rhody surveys throughout 2012 in hopes of determining the true sentiment of conservatives and liberals on the ground in Rhode Island. If you are an activist, party leader or elected official and would like to take part in our surveys that lasts just a few minutes, please email Rick Couto, Regional Editor at rick.couto@patch.com.

Blue Rhody Survey Roster: Frank Hyde, Ted Jendzejec, Scott Guthrie, Gary Cote, Jared Nunes, Patricia Serpa, Kathy Patenaude, Lisa Tomasso, June Speakman, Joy Hearn, Anthony Arico, Mary Gasbarro, Jeffrey Breener, James Sheehan, Raymond Gallison, Louis Dipalma, John Edwards, Michael Sepe, John Lanni, Richard Santamaria, Joseph DeLorenzo, Judi Liner, Candy Seel, Bruce Rogers, Robert DaSilva, Joseph Polisena Frank Lombardo, Jennifer Russo, Carol Costa, Arnie Vecchione, Charles Tsonas, Vimala Phongsavanh, Gregg Amore, Joel Monteiro, Michael Morin, David Barboza, Catherine Tattrie, Kenneth Marshall, Antonio Teixeira, Raymond Gallison, Jan Malik, Marc Dubois, Mark Schwager, Carolyn Mark, Deidre Gifford, Tom Plunkett, Eugene Quinn, Chrissy Rossi, Bud Cicilline, Caroline Stouffer, Lou Raptakis, Stephen Ucci

Red Rhody Survey Roster: Glenford Shibley, Nicholas Kettle, Carl Mattson, Keith Anderson, Patricia Morgan, john Robitaille, Christopher Ottiano, Jonathan Harris, Steve Primiano, Bill DeWitt, Geoff Grove, Scott Fuller, David bates, Carol Hueston, Jim McGuire, Mark Zaccaria, Joel Johnson, Doreen Costa, Elizabeth Dolan, Robert Carlin, Ronald Warr Jr., Jack Savage, John Ward, Dan Gendron, Halsey Herreshoff, Chris Stanley, Mark Smiley, Marina Peterson, Bryan Palumbo, Joseph Golembeski, Joe Procaccini, Blake Filippi, Eileen Grossman, Mike Stenhouse, Joseph Trillo, Gail Ricky, Dawson Hodgson, Chuck Newton, Michael Isaacs, Jeff Cianciolo, Carl Hoyer, Ted Czech, Joanne Mower, Luisa Abatecola, David Sullivan, Clark Smith, Liz Smith, Mark Gee, Brad Bishop, Peter Costa Jr., Bruce Saccoccio, Mike Chippendale

dphs18 October 17, 2012 at 05:05 PM
President Obama won the debate. All Romney wanted to talk about was jobs. I've been on public assistance for over 4 years. Romney doesn't care about me.
Shirlee Sans October 18, 2012 at 12:23 PM
Romney won all the debates and will come out on top on the next one as well.
Good Year October 18, 2012 at 12:46 PM
The liberals are going to say that Obama won the debate and the fair minded people who want to save our country will say Romney won.
Leave RI October 18, 2012 at 12:47 PM
..and here's your sign
Leave RI October 18, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Romney wins these for his answers..now if barry had his pre-written teleprompter script he would do much better.
Mocktheworld October 18, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Romney certainly does care about you! If you truly need assistance, he wants to be sure there are enough people with jobs to pay for your needs.
Ready to Leave RI October 18, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Although I am a Romney supporter, I feel Obama debated more skillfully. He has terrific pacing, cadence and self assurance in his oratory, even if what he says doesn't always add up. What I took away more than anything from the debate was that we are lucky to have two smart, competent people running for the Presidency. Both love our country, both want to do what's right for Americans, and America will probably do OK under either one. I wish Obama took our soaring federal spending and deficits seriously -- I think they are a huge problem that will cause major economic and social upheaval in a few years -- but Obama supporters probably have similar reservations about what Romney does or doesn't take seriously.
Shirlee Sans October 18, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Romney is going to win by a landslide.
Rags 1 October 18, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Romney's answers were evasive and non-responsive dealing with womens' pay and equal pay and benefits. He answred the question by talking about binders, seeking out etc. etc. but never said that he was against the legislation which he decidely "used to be". Romney has so many diffferent positions and flips that he doesn't have any. Like one TV annoucer said "he is a trojan horse going in and a who knows what when he gets there".
Leave RI October 18, 2012 at 08:04 PM
agree..straight out facts will destroy the fake accents and comic relief all day.
Taxpayer October 18, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Yes he does...he wants to get you a job so you can assist yourself and not have to rely on the government. There are many people that indeed need help and that will be available to them. However, many on assistance do not need free cell phones and can work and that is what Mr. Romney is trying to offer them.....a job.
Naome Lixes October 21, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Landslide = 90% of the Electoral college. 55/45 slim draw. We have seen very close elections since the contested 2000 race required a Supreme court intervention. This country is divided between two candidates that have precious little difference between them. We should be paying attention to the backers of each; that's who will push an agenda - to see return on their investment. Last time around, Goldman-Sachs won and put their man in the Treasury dept.
Naome Lixes October 21, 2012 at 01:48 PM
"..and the fair minded people who want to save our country will say Romney won." That's colossal arrogance. It's like saying anyone that challenged the gutting of the Bill of Rights contained in the "Patriot Act" were traitors. Do you suffer from Fox Geezer Syndrome, Blimp Boy? Spare us the pompous, false dichotomy you clueless twit.
Naome Lixes October 21, 2012 at 02:50 PM
You're not alone in this assessment: Even Salt Lake City, they have their doubts... http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/10/19/163282550/salt-lake-tribune-endorses-obama-put-off-by-too-many-mitts?ft=3&f=139482413
Ralph Crockford October 21, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Romney had more women in his administration then Obama has in his and the Lt. Govenor was a women so don't start the "War on Women" argument" It's just a way to distract form the issue of the economy and messed up foreign policy. Without Candy Crowley Obama would have lost all of the debate.
Naome Lixes October 21, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Right, Conservatives are only interested in the economy or foreign policy, when they're not clanging on about sex. Perhaps you mean to say, without the moderator insisting on a factual recount of recent history, Obama would have lost. You're entitled to an opinion, Ralph - but not your own set of facts. http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/10/19/ryan-war-on-women-fictional-like-war-on-left-handed-irishmen/ http://thestir.cafemom.com/in_the_news/141936/the_romneyryan_ticket_is_bad Here's the problem - electing Romney is like the second coming of Hoover, when what we need is FDR. (That's not Obama, either.) If Conservatives are really all about freedom, they'll stay out of wimmins bidnez.
Janine B October 21, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Didn't hear Romney give any real answers at all, but I guess I'm liberal and not fair minded.
Janine B October 21, 2012 at 10:10 PM
This is one of the most respectful comments I've heard or read during this election. Mindsets like this would help get this country back on it's feet.
Suzanne Arena October 22, 2012 at 01:37 AM
It sounded like Obama won....however, I think someone needs to check on the facts they both gave. Many times the opponent clammered down on the other one for "that" not being true.
Another Mama October 22, 2012 at 01:04 PM
Taxpayer - I hear that Gov. Romney wants people to have a job, but I don't hear any specifics that constitute an OFFER. I do believe he wants people not to rely on themselves and not the government, but I am concerned that he will force the issue and remove government support. This may sound like "tough love" to some taxpayers, but as a parent of a disabled child, who has chronic health issues herself, I'm very concerned it's going to result in calamity for those who have little influence in our society. His performance in the debates has been encouraging, but doesn't change his poor show in Europe this summer and his callouse remarks about much of our population. While I respect his ability to run a corporation, a country is an entirely different entity. Social issues and foreign policy dilemmas cannot be easily solved by looking at a balance sheet. Herbert Hoover, much like Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, was a brillant administrator and a great believer in "American Individualism" but these qualities did not asisst him in solving the issues presented by the Great Depression.
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lo1234 October 30, 2012 at 11:46 PM
Obama is a fraud...read his book, "Dreams From My Father" and then decide.

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