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Who Won the Debate? NJ Insiders Split Along Party Lines

However, over 80 percent believe President Obama will be declared the "consensus winner" by media outlets.

New Jersey political insiders declared their party’s candidate the winner of the second presidential debate Tuesday night. However, most believe President Barack Obama will be the consensus winner among national media outlets over Mitt Romney.

According to a Patch flash poll sent to elected officials and political party insiders, 24 out of 27 Democrats responding believed Obama was the victor, while 20 out of 24 Republicans declared Romney the winner.

“I think Romney had a better understanding and explanation of how to create jobs and grow the economy. He looked much more presidential,” one Republican said.

The results of Patch’s second presidential debate poll of New Jersey insiders contrast with those from last week’s head-to-head, in which 100 percent of Republicans surveyed and 41 percent of Democrats gave the victory to Romney.

In Patch’s first debate poll, 70 percent of all respondents believed Romney would be declared the “consensus winner” in that showing.

Approximately 82 percent of those surveyed, including 16 of 24 Republicans, believed Obama would be declared the “consensus winner” of the second debate by national media outlets.

“Obama was back,” one Democrat declared.

Many respondents made mention of moderator Candy Crowley in pointing to debate moments that would stand out among viewers.

In response to the question “What moment will stand out in the mind of conservatives in New Jersey?” one Republican said “Candy Crowley acting more like Obama's debate partner than a moderator.”

“It was disappointing to see Obama get away with his misrepresentation of the Benghazi attack,” that Republican said. “We know the administration—and Obama himself—repeatedly denied what common sense told us from the start: that it was a premeditated act of terror, not a spontaneous demonstration that spiraled out of control.

Democrats also highlighted the Benghazi attack exchange as a highlight of the evening, though from a decidedly different perspective.

When asked what moment of the debate would stand out to progressives and liberals in New Jersey, one Democratic respondent answered: “Obama's response on women's health issues and the Presidential response on the Benghazi attack issues by Romney which was misrepresented. Obama came out as a fighter and advocate for the middle class, veterans, senior citizens, working 47 percent that Romney called victims and not taking personal responsibility.”

That same Democrat criticized Romney’s tone during the debate: “Romney was rude to Candy Crowley and was flustered when he was challenged on his positions by the President.”

Patch Red and Blue Garden State surveys were sent to 190 Democrats and 145 Republicans. If you are an elected official or party leader and would like to be included in future surveys, contact Associate Regional Editor Jacklyn Corley at jacklyn.corley@patch.com or Regional Editor Mike Pignataro at mike@patch.com

Spooner October 22, 2012 at 02:55 AM
Information is now coming out that there was a demonstration with the attack on the consulate. Residents there are quoted as saying militants that were there were yelling about the American video. Faux News and the Republicans are politicizing this too the hilt. . .because of the Presidential Election.
Spooner October 22, 2012 at 03:06 AM
Max- still waiting for your response about TEXAS Senator Phil Gramm. . .and his unwinding of Glass-Steagall. . .and gee. . .what was the name of that Governor from Texas who became President?. . .and what was the connection of Wendy Gramm and Enron...you do remember Enron don't you? That was a Texas Corporation... Your now beginning to bore me with your obfuscations. . .stay on message and answer the questions! PS: your comments regarding TARP and the stimulus are a joke, and have no basis in fact. . . go read Christine Romers piece in NYT discussing the stimulus, even as flawed as it was... http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/21/business/how-the-fiscal-stimulus-helped-and-could-have-done-more.html?ref=business&_r=0
Spooner October 22, 2012 at 03:11 AM
Max- I don't think so. . .you left out the Texas Senator. . .what was is name...oh yeah Phil Gramm. . .and what party was he operating under. . .why the Republicans! ...and what was Phil Gramm and his dear wife's claim to fame down in the District of Corruption Max. . .maybe with all the Clinton crap you could luciate us on. . . PS: please don't bring up that scallywag's name. . .next you'll be using the other crook's...Bob Rubin and Andrew Como. Everybody on both sides of the aisle were on a roll promoting the new game in town, SIV's. . .which was really a repackaged creation from the days of Lew Ranieri, when he was at Solomon Brothers, and Larry Fink, the math wonder boy from California. ...so what argument have I loss?
OBAMA FAILED October 22, 2012 at 03:18 AM
OBAMA - EMPTY CHAIR & FAILURE Here is his record of failure thanks to OH NO OBAMA IS RESPONSIBLE FOR HIS RECORD OF FAILURE I am often reminded of what Obama said at the 2008 DNC: “If you don’t have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from. You make a big election about small things.” Every day, his campaign is making it smaller and smaller, and the President’s poll numbers keep dropping and dropping. 25 million unemployed $7 Trillion in new debt. $1 Trillion in WELFARE SPENDING 47 million on food stamps $1.5 Trillion budget deficits $500 Billion in UNPAID Medicare spending $500 Billion in UNPAID Social Security Tax cuts OBAMA LIES. AMERICANS DIE! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQBSTomBWls IT WAS YOUR JOB OBAMA. YOU FAILED. STOP BLAMING OTHERS. OBAMA - what HAPPENED TO THE DEBT??? YOU ADDED $7 TRILLION TO IT!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SaQUU2ZL6D8&feature=endscreen&NR=1
Smith October 22, 2012 at 03:23 AM
Romney'sPlan? he won't tell his Plan, try to get details from Ryan & Romney about their budget.

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