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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 on Tuesday.

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 surveys is 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. All of these individuals have agreed to participate in surveys, although not all responded to this week's questions.

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.

Marg October 19, 2012 at 08:54 PM
You mean when Crowley admitted Romney was right about the lying to the public part? The fairy tale about the video and it being a spontaneous protest? And Obama thinking his statements in the Rose Garden are his declaration it was a terrorist attack? Those comments, BB? Obama was angry because he has gotten caught red handed for weeks of false info being given to the voters. But of course, the lib media will give him a pass since he's the Golden Male.
Marg October 19, 2012 at 08:55 PM
People, don't forget RAGE AGAINST THE MEDIA tomorrow at noon in front of CBS.
Marg October 19, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Yay, Bill C. Of course he's easily fooled. Hey Bill, Did you see 300 Generals are supporting Romney?
Bill C. October 19, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Using the term Teabaggers leaves the person out of real debate. That being said, Obama's life is filled with mentors or friends that were socailist, communists and America haters. Why anyone is surprised with his decisions is amazing.
Marg October 19, 2012 at 09:06 PM
And speaking of "anything you can do I can do better".......Romney was a stone cold hoot at the banquet last night. Great writers for him. For the Prez.....not so much. He had a couple of mildly humorous comments but it was mostly soft campaigning. Nothing is sacred to O. I was completely surprised the Catholics allowed him in since he's been bullying them.

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