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Who Did Local Politicos Think Won Last Night's Presidential Debate?

Here's what Massachusetts Republicans and Democrats said about the Obama-Romney debate in a flash poll.

Mitt won.

That's the major finding from Red and Blue Commonwealth flash polls sent out by Patch to Massachusetts Republicans and Democrats immediately after the debate ended last night.

Local influential Republicans polled in Patch's survey voted 86.2 percent that Romney won by a wide margin, with the remaining 13.8 percent voting that he won by a slim margin.

Local influential Democrats voted 19.1 percent that Romney won by a wide margin and 28.6 percent voted that he won by a slim margin, while 19.1 percent voted that Obama won by a slim margin and only 9.5 percent voted that the president won by a wide margin. Another 23.8 percent voted "neutral."

Asked who would be the consensus "winner" as declared by the national media, Democrats and Republicans opinions were almost identical, with the majority of each—51.7 percent of Republicans and 52.4 percent of Democrats—voting that Romney would be declared the winner by a slim margin.

Also, 24.1 percent of Republicans and 23.8 percent of Democrats voted that Romney would be declared the winner by a wide margin, while 17.2 percent of Republicans and 14.3 percent of Democrats voted Obama would be declared the winner by a slim margin. No one from either side voted for Obama being declared the winner by a wide margin.

What Moment Stood Out? 

Asked for a moment that will stand out in the minds of conservatives in Massachusetts, Republicans cited a variety of topics and lines, but most common were Romney's phrases about "trickle down government" and the governor's repeated line about $90 billion in funding going to green energy, with the accompanying quote, "You don't pick the winners and losers—you just pick the losers."

Republicans also cited Romney's defense of his health care bill in Massachusetts and his stance on the Constitutional role of government.

"Opening answer and start of the debate by Mitt Romney," one Republican surveyed answered. "He started off knocking it out of the park and just went from there."

Democrats were less enthusiastic when asked for a moment that will stand out for liberals and progressive in Massachusetts, with one calling the debate a "rather doldrum affair." Some criticized the president for being too "dispassionate" and "passive."

"At the end of the first round, Romney took control and responded to the president when he should not have been allowed to do so," one Democrat answered. "That loss of momentum for the president never recovered. The president was never aggressive enough to impress the viewers."

Asked for a moment that will stand out in the mind of swing voters in Massachusetts, several Republicans cited Romney repeatedly returning to the theme of partisanship while characterizing as Obamacare as a partisan bill. 

Democrats expressed a variety of answers to the stand-out moment for swing voters, with some saying Romney taking control of the debate, with others saying Romney did not provide a level of specificity for his plans.

Romney's Performance Makes it More Likely He'll Win in November

Of the local Republicans polled, 72.4 percent strongly agreed that Romney's debate performance makes it more likely he'll win the election, with another 42.1 percent voting they somewhat agreed.

None of the Democrats strongly agreed that Obama's debate performance would make it more likely he'll win the election, with 28.6 percent voting they somewhat agreed, 38.1 percent voting neutral, 23.8 percent voting somewhat disagree and 9.5 percent voting strongly disagree.

In closing opinions, Republicans expressed enthusiasm over their candidate's performance, with several taking shots at Obama not being able to use a Teleprompter and calling his appearance "uncomfortable" and "annoyed," and calling Romney's appearance and demeanor "relaxed" and "polished."

"Mitt surprised alot of people tonight," one Republican said. "My Facebook newsfeed lit up the entire night with people on both sides of the aisle shocked at how badly Obama was getting destroyed."

Democrats expressed disappointment in their final opinions, both over moderator Jim Lehrer's control over the candidates' time to answer and Obama's performance, which was called "unfocused" and not aggressive enough, saying it let Romney slip away without being challenged.

"Obama simply didn't seem focused," one Democrat said. "Many times Romney contradicted his campaign promises so far, or his math didn't add up, and Obama didn't challenge him. It was very disappointing."

Poppaone October 04, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Eastwood spoke to an empty chair, Romney spoke to an empty podium.
Poppaone October 04, 2012 at 12:55 PM
"Obama simply didn't seem focused," one Democrat said (about the debate). That in a nut shell, sums up the last four years. Obama was never focused, his head was never in the game. He likes the idea of being President, but has no idea about how to be presidential.
Brian October 04, 2012 at 02:48 PM
The debate was full of Half Truths with Obama getting a few Mostly True and Romney getting a few Mostly False. Please read the linked article for the facts. http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2012/oct/03/fact-checking-denver-presidential-debate/
Bill Smith October 04, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Wonder what Joe Biden is thinking this morning! haa!!
Bill Smith October 04, 2012 at 03:19 PM
LEADERSHIP! http://washingtonexaminer.com/the-smirk-rnc-plays-up-obamas-body-language/article/2509830#.UG2nT67heMq
Howard Kosrofian October 04, 2012 at 03:40 PM
NO SCRIPT,means no OBAMA. HE was exposed, nothing has changed he has been protected by the media from day one. HE holds very few press conferences, when he does he limits the questions, very short. YET he will answer a question with a fillerbuster.THIS was a professional CEO, A MAN WHO HAS BUILT BUSINESS`S created jobs, against an academic who is over matched.Obama has never run a lemonade stand, he came from no where no one really know`s this guy, he was lifted up.Obama only knows one way to create jobs, civil service, THAT`S IT. ALL funded by TAXES. THE bulk of the middle class does not have a civil service job, and in fact they make on average 12.30 an hour less than them.This country has sunkin to an all time low since this guy has been in office, everywhere.THE unguarded mess in LYBIA was a disgrace.THEY have try to dumb down america so much that, they even tried to sell the bull that a video caused it. A TERROR ATTACK ON 9/11. ADD IN THE FACT the diplomat begged for help, and his pleas went on deaf ears, here is a gay guy who is in a country where they stone you for being gay. NOT A WISE CHOICE TO POST HIM THERE. ONE think I know for sure if MITT ROMNEY, does win this election he will not be laying the blame at obama`s feet for what he walked into, HE IS TOO MUCH OF A MAN FOR THAT, Not a cry baby.
Michael Fleming October 04, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Obama seemed unprepared, Romney seemed ready to rumble. When Obama said that we are giving tax breaks to companies shipping jobs overseas, and Romney retorted that "I've been in business for 25 years, and as far as tax breaks for shipping jobs out of this country is concerned, I don't know what you are talking about. We give tax breaks to those bringing jobs IN to this country." Obama just stared at him, no retort, no comback. Aas if he was told by one of his handlers about this tax break, but had never really gotten familiar with it enough to be able to defend that bogus claim. Silence wa all we got. Romney trounced Obama, hands down, and only Rachel Maddow thinks otherwise. Even Chris Matthews wants to know who it was behind Obamas podium last night... "Cause it certainly wasn't President Obama". This will definitly give Romney a bump. He is "Mittens" no more!
Poppaone October 04, 2012 at 05:02 PM
So who fact checks the fact checkers?
Howard Kosrofian October 04, 2012 at 05:02 PM
NEXT UP JOLTIN JOE BIDEN, what a way to follow a disaster. What is puzzling how people are so shocked by OBAMA, this guy has never been pressed, McCAIN WAS OUT OF TOUCH there were many very sensitive things that could have been brought up 4 years ago, and were bypast, simply for the sake of the RACE question yes I said it.FOR the fear of being labled by the media, well if we have any canidate that we have to couch what we ask and say for whatever reason, because of color or whatever, then this REPUBLIC is in big trouble AND IT IS. THAT`S how OBAMA got elected in the first place, and there still trying to use the same old game plan, well perhaps with enough people out of work, AND GAS OVER 4.00 A GALLON AND CLIMBING, perhaps the people will WAKE UP. I JUST heard OBAMA address a crowd about TEACHERS again, saying he didn`t know ROMNEY CARED ABOUT THEM. This is all Obama talks aBOUT MORE TEACHERS, That`s great fine higher more of everything. FIRST LET THE PEOPLE IN THE CITIES AND TOWNS MAKE SOME DAM MONEY SO THE CAN AFFORD TO PAY FOR ALL THIS STUFF.PROPERTY taxes keep going up, all the time, and they haven`t even hired anyone, WHAT`S GOING HAPPEN WHEN THEY DO.
Birdwatcher October 04, 2012 at 06:52 PM
It is cowardly to leave snarky comments and not even put you name to it, eh Poppaone? Criticize all you want, it is a right in this country, but at least stand by what you say.
Poppaone October 04, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Cowardly!? The truth is cowardly? You think this man is focused? Clearly, this man would rather be on the back nine, or attending some fancy smancy fundraiser in with some Hollywood libs, or shutting down Times Square so he and his queen can have a date night on the taxpayers dollar. He came off looking foolish because he was not prepared. He does not not understandand the details of our economy, or how to fix it, he has proven that many times. He does not know how to create jobs. He does not understand that a "kinder, gentler" foreign policy makes us look weak and vunerable to our enemies - of which there are many. That makes our nation less safe. He is has not been transparent (as he promised) - just the opposite. He has not been bi-partisan, as he promised - he refuses to work with Congress and rules by executive fiat. He takes away our God given freedoms. He is a liar. He is a fool. He is a failure. He is making everyone who voted for his imperial presidency into a fool. How's that for cowardly?
Charlie Kadlec October 04, 2012 at 07:17 PM
"Local influential" politicians are usually happy to be identified when they are quoted, the article would have been more interesting if their names had been included. The Republicans must have been especially influential if 72.4 percent strongly agreed and 42.1 percent somewhat agreed that the debate will make it more likely that Romney will win in November. That adds up to 114.5 percent, not counting those who may have had another opinion. Charlie Kadlec Acton
Bill Smith October 04, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Go see "2016, Obama's America". It's a stark true tale that reveals a lot about who Obama is and why he views America the way he does.
Howard Kosrofian October 04, 2012 at 08:52 PM
OBAMA`S America isn`t it grand, just heard gas in california 6.00 a gallon, IF YOU CAN EVEN GET IT. OBAMA, Loves to mention teachers, teachers, teachers, WE KNOW WE NEED TEAHERS. However what he want`s is more and more money poured into the urban area`s, that`s what he is saying. HOW IS IT BEEN WORKING ALL THESE YEARS. MURDER RATE IN his windy city of CHICAGO is higher than SYRIA.IT`S not teachers that are going give people family values, why doesn`t the first Black president try to address what`s really going on, instead blaming billionare`s for everything.For OBAMA, MORE AND MORE TAXES, simply put is reporations, his redistribution of wealth. DO people really think we can survive 4 more years of this ego maniac.THE NETWORKS MSNBC, AND CNN ARE IN MOURNING TODAY, MY GOD.They are just campaign HQ for OBAMA, IT`S a disgrace that this can go on. THEY WILL TRY DO EVERYTHING TO GET THIS GUY ELECTED.THIS president was a state senator, and a us senator for just two years, that`s it. PROCLAIMED THE RISING STAR, NEVER RAN A BUSINESS, COMMUNITY ACTIVEST, ANOTHER WORDS A professional protestor. THIS WHAT WE HAVE LEADING THE FREE WORLD. YESTERDAY`S DEBATE WAS LIKE THE Patriots playing Wellesley high.
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