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Flash Poll: Who Won the Presidential Debate? Romney in Round One, say RI Insiders

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney duke it out in Denver, Colorado in first of three presidential debates.

In the first of three presidential debates held Wednesday night, Republican nominee Mitt Romney was the winner. That, according to our flash poll of Rhode Island Republican political influencers taken following the debate. By contrast, 25% of Rhode Island Democrats surveyed felt President Obama was the victor.

At the conclusion of the debate, Patch surveyed 52 Republicans and 51 Democrats, asking who they thought won the debate. Fifty-seven percent of the republicans surveyed said Romney won by a large margin, while 43% said he won by a slim margin.

When we asked the Democrats the same question, the results were divided. Fifty-percent responded that they were neutral as to who won the debate, while 25% admitted that Mitt Romney won the debate by a slim margin. Another 25% thought Obama won the debate by a wide margin.

Our next survey question asked both Democrats and Republicans who they thought the national media would declare the winner. Fifty-percent of the democrats surveyed thought the media would declare Obama the winner by a slim margin, while the other 50% were neutral. However, the Republicans we surveyed were not as confident with their candidate. Twenty-nine percent of our respondents thought Mitt Romney would be declared the winner by a slim margin, while another 29% were neutral for their response. Fourteen-percent thought Mitt Romney would be declared the winner by a wide margin, another 14% said they thought the media would declare Obama the winner by a wide margin.  Fourteen-percent thought Obama would be declared the winner by a slim margin.

Our next question asked Rhode Island Republicans what moment stood out in the mind of conservatives during the debate. One response referred to the role of government.  One respondent wrote: "Romney sounded Reaganesque when quoting the preamble to the constitution. Essentially stating that people need to be allowed to follow their dreams rather than be ruled by government." Two other respondents mentioned Romney's comments regarding the role of government.  Another Republican response stated that "Obama distorting his own performance" was a moment that stood out. 

When we asked Democrats what moment stood out in the mind of liberals and progressives in Rhode Island, one respondent said it was "how far Mitt Romney is out of touch with America, especially the middle class." Another person stated it was "moving medicare decisions to states." Another respondent said it was "Romney's voucher system for medicare."

Our political influencers were also asked if they thought their candidate's performance Wednesday night would make it more likely he will win the 2012 presidentional election. Eighty-Six-percent of the Repubicans said they somewhat agree that Romney could win based on this first debate. Fourteen- percent said they strongly agree. Democrats, however were not as confident about the President's performance Wednesday night. Fifty-percent said they somewhat agree that the president could win re-election based on his performance, while another 50% somewhat disagree that he could win a second term based on Wednesday night's performance.

Both parties replied at the end of the survey that they are looking forward to the next presidential debate which is scheduled for October 16th at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.

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 activisits, 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

DR October 07, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Obama already won,win or lose he will receive a fat pension plus perks for life-the losers are the taxpayers.
Leave RI October 07, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Sad sad sad..but true true tru..he has enough Dem friends and Hollywood crazies to buy himself another few years.
Leave RI October 07, 2012 at 03:04 PM
It's nice isn't it.?.and it's hilarious..it's not real trash talk where the barb is subtle it's like kids in a play ground. When I read some of the attempts at insults I picture Nellie from Little House saying it..when it's a guy I picture Lumpy from Beaver. Katherine wait for it..you're bound to here "I know you are but what am I"
katherine October 07, 2012 at 03:07 PM
LOL! Exactly.
Leave RI October 07, 2012 at 03:08 PM
I'm a registered Independent Miss Worrier. C'mon though you get credit on a 1 out of 3 pick.
Leave RI October 07, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Novan..don't need you? Ttax1 - hahaha..you forgot the Xanax..and my wife would differ with the career. She's a Teacher at a Private School and a Nurse. Daughters in the Pharmaceutical industry and one in the Air Force and a son back from Trashcanistan in the Army. Now I have to say we loaded the dishwasher and the only backhand given by me was that violent sport you crazy demlibs call Badminton.. so you and novan enjoy your xanax and midol cocktail.
Maxin October 07, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Well good year if you work for a living and make under 250 thousdand a year you are on of the 47 percent. Payroll taxes do not count in Romneys world.
Maxin October 07, 2012 at 03:56 PM
4 more Beers, 4 more years, now give three cheers too 4 more beers
Leave RI October 07, 2012 at 04:07 PM
okay boys and girls going to support a Police/Fire softball game for a local charity..last week my wife and I did the Navy Seal challenge for the wounded warrior project..let me see keys, check..backhand wife check..is she doing dishes check.All set see you later ..ok you caught me.. I'm back out of state and she's back in RI so off to the softball game it is.
Realistic voter October 07, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Don't worry Romney going to fix unemployment by getting everyone a job at wal- Mart ...as he would say good paying jobs!!!!!!!!!
Steve October 07, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Romney is going to get this country going again by jump starting our energy resources, and also put the EPA out of business! Keystone Pipeline, Kentucky coal, Midwest oil and gas, relaxing drilling rights in the gulf coast, all will put folks back to work and finally separate us from our esteemed "Partners" in the middle east. (All of who would like us DEAD rather than accept BILLIONS from us in loyalty payments, and according to the Dems, lets reach out to them and show them how nice we are right)? What Obama has done to absolutely decimate the coal industry over the last two years in this country is criminal, yet he pushes for dream technologies to pull us through this, while in the meantime, putting thousands of coal miners in the unemployment lines!? And they claim positive job growth by showing their numbers are accurate when doing a phone survey of 60,000 people! (Yeah OK, we’re not too stupid to believe this crap right?) Then, after the survey, they claim we now, all if a sudden, have a 0.3 % drop in unemployment and have revised data in the June, July and August employment figures to boot! Give me a break.........
CAROLYN WITHERSPOON October 07, 2012 at 07:29 PM
please this what bush did and just just getting it right . ROMNEY IA A LIAR
CAROLYN WITHERSPOON October 07, 2012 at 07:30 PM
HE PUT HIS FOOT IN HIS MOUTH WE DID NEED NO MORE BUSH...LOL THAT HIS PLAN
CAROLYN WITHERSPOON October 07, 2012 at 07:34 PM
PLEASE ARE GOING TO DONE IF ROMNEY GET IN THE CHAIR.SO THEN WHAT OBAMA SAVE OUR COUNTRY . FOR SO MORE BUT EVERYONE WILL SEE THAT ROMNEY IS FAKE. HE LOOKS AT FOR THE GOOD OLD BOYS LIKE BUSH PLEASE
CAROLYN WITHERSPOON October 07, 2012 at 07:39 PM
ROMNEY DID NOT TELL NOTHING JUST LIAR ABOUT THE TAXES CUT I WACTH AND HE NOT SMART TRUST ME AND YOUR COUNTRY WILL GO DOWN IF ROMNEY GET HIM OBAMA
CAROLYN WITHERSPOON October 07, 2012 at 07:48 PM
NO IT DON,T THIS OBAMA UNDID ALOT OF STUFF THAT THE BUSHS DID SO BEFORE FOR HIM SO NOW U HAVE ROMNEY THATS GOING TO MESS UP MORE I AM WITH OBAMA .BECAUSE WITH ROMNEY WE WILL BE IN FOUR YEAR OF BUSH ALL OVER AGAIN I DON,T TRUE HIM AT ALL
CAROLYN WITHERSPOON October 07, 2012 at 07:52 PM
PLEASE ROMNEY DID NOT KNOW WHAT HE IS TALKING ABOUT SO NO HAND DOWN TRUST ME.NO NUMBERS HE IS A JOKE PLEASE. DONT KNOW NOTHING LOOK AT THE NEWS.
CAROLYN WITHERSPOON October 07, 2012 at 07:57 PM
PEASE OBAMA AND BINDEN HAS BRAIN ROMNEY NO PLEASE HAVE U BEEN LISTENING TO ROMNEY THATS NO BRAIN THE FACTS SHOW WE WILL HAVE A DUMMY PRES IF HE WON ROMNEY JUST ANOTHER BUSH AND WE ALL SEE HOW THAT TURN OUT
Good Year October 07, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Sorry Maxin, the 47% are those who collect government entitlements. They vote for the libs to keep the checks coming. Also, payroll taxes are completely different from income tax. You invest money and hopefully get it back someday.
Robert Crane October 07, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Good Year .. you just may be a certifiable idiot.
Good Year October 07, 2012 at 09:28 PM
Typical liberal. Can't make a point without resorting to name calling.
10speed October 07, 2012 at 11:00 PM
@Good Year.. at least Robert Crane was not cruel of vicious with his generalized statement. Sorry but the Conservatives can dish it out to the extreme ... not saying that the Libs. don't do the same.
10speed October 07, 2012 at 11:01 PM
We all could do this without the nastiness ... agreed??
Lee October 07, 2012 at 11:51 PM
Well..'if that is all you can do then live with it. When I was a child my mattress was held up by four cinder blocks, we ate span and other cheap food, my family kept us safe and educated, not the Big Borther goverment. Wallmart is a good company to work for. Deal with it loser!
say the truth October 08, 2012 at 04:10 AM
people who take the elections seriously are the same as people who take wwe wrestling seriously. they're both staged.
Leave RI October 08, 2012 at 01:30 PM
@say the truth by who? Give us more.
Ted Ackley October 08, 2012 at 10:01 PM
If the trolls were voting Romney'd be a lock.
keepsaying the truth October 09, 2012 at 02:37 AM
http://sphotos-c.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/396448_333916920038555_1032825232_n.jpg
perchance October 09, 2012 at 10:22 AM
people should be concerned about the general assembly in rhode island? we need variability / a mix of democrats and republicans within the genral assembly or the state is done. the ga in RI has been involved in "group think" for way too long at the citizens expense and the people are the victims suffering the cosequences. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Groupthink http://www.cnbc.com/id/48012427/Rhode_Island_Stuck_at_Bottom_of_Top_States_For_Business http://www.anchorrising.com/barnacles/014566.html
Lee October 10, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Crane you say Good Year is an certifiable idiot...what kind of idiot are you? See name calling does nothing to good exchange of real ideas.

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