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NJ Insiders Split Along Party Lines Over Debate Winner

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

Stephen Lyford October 18, 2012 at 12:55 PM
Romney isn't a businessman, he's just a very, very good investor. He talks out of both sides of his mouth at the same time, spouting whatever the people in front of him want to hear at that moment. If you want a return to the extremist GOP policies of the George W. Bush era, by all means vote for him. Vote for him if you want more U.S. men & women in our armed forces to die, because they WILL put us into another war (Iran anyone?). They will allow any part of our environment to be ravaged in the name of a hollow promise to make America "energy independent" by trying to tap finite resources that WILL run out anyway and only add more pollution in the process. Not to mention too much influence of religion in politics, limiting women's rights... I could go on and on. We ARE on the path to recovery. All indicators are slowly but surely improving, it will just take more time. Romney is selling snake oil, and only fools are buying it.
John October 18, 2012 at 06:42 PM
give me a break will you, all politicians do the same thing, Obama had 4 years and nothing has improved.....ZERO, were U around for vietnam, korea, just curious, I was there and it was not a cake walk....so who is selling snake oil.....jokes on U
BALANCE THE BUDGET October 18, 2012 at 06:52 PM
John - Bill Clinton agrees with you! Obama has failed miserably Bill Clinton at a campaign event in Ohio today: "Governor Romney's argument is, 'We're not fixed, so fire him and put me in.' It is true, we're not fixed. When President Obama looked into the eyes of that man who said in the debate, 'I had so much hope four years ago and I don't now,' I thought he was gonna cry. Because he knows that it's not fixed."
BALANCE THE BUDGET October 18, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Served in IRAN? Joe - you gotta get off the smack. It's messing up your brain. We do agree however is thanking our men and women who serve. So why do you and Obama want to GUT the military and cause that pain on those warriors and their families? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4_cJc-WYhI&feature=player_embedded
BPF53 October 22, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Well as everyone one should realize it takes a strong President ot get both sides to work...and Obama is sorely lacking!!! The Congress controls the purse strings and the Senate writes the budget...in 2007 both the Congress & Senate was taken over filibuster proof by the Democrats that's when the Nation spending & debt went through the roof!!

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