Who Won the Debate? Georgia Patch Poll Says it Was Romney

Patch polled Georgia elected officials and activists in both parties to find out who they felt won the debate between President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney.


A flash poll of influential members of Georgia’s GOP and Democratic parties found rare agreement on the question of who won Wednesday night’s presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney.

As a Democratic respondent put it, “Mitt is back in the race.”

Patch tapped our panels of Democrats and Republicans who hold office, are former elected officials, candidates or party activists for twin polls that were conducted in the first hour after the debate ended.

Patch received responses from 32 Republicans and 15 Democrats. The poll is not scientific.

Of the GOP respondents, 87.5 percent said Romney won “by a wide margin” and 12.5 percent said he won by “a slim margin.”

Democratic respondents were less emphatic about Romney’s performance, but they agreed with the basic message – Romney out-performed Obama in the debate.

Twenty percent of Democratic respondents said that Romney won by “a wide margin” and 40 percent saying it was by “a slim margin.” Just 20 percent of Democratic respondents said Obama won by “a wide margin” and 13 percent said Obama won by “a slim margin.”

Republican respondents also said they felt that the national media would agree that Romney won, with 62.5 percent agreeing with that statement by “a wide margin” or “a slim margin.” Democrats also said the national media would name Romney the winner, with 80 percent agreeing by “a wide margin” or “a slim margin.”

And 81.3 percent of Republican respondents agreed with the statement, “Mitt Romney’s Oct. 3 debate performance makes it even more likely that Georgia is a state that he can count on winning.”

Meanwhile, Democratic respondents did not feel that Obama improved his chances of making Georgia a competitive state in the 2012 presidential election, with 66.7 percent saying they somewhat or strongly disagreed that Obama’s performance made it more likely that he would win Georgia or at least make it a close race in the peach state.

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BStein October 11, 2012 at 12:20 PM
Just one question for ya'll, When the polls made no difference last week while Obama was ahead, why do they matter now when Romney supposedly is ahead? Polls don't matter. Even if they did, An interesting poll came out this morning that said 90 percent of voters have already made up their minds, and that 95 percent of voters think debates make no difference. I guess ignorance is bliss with you people, or is that "we the people" what a crock of cow dung....
BStein October 11, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Sounds like a threat "sportsfan"....i'd be careful what you say....Not that I have anything to be scared of.....hahaha.....troll.....
Sportsfan October 11, 2012 at 12:35 PM
What? Bertha?
GoAndie October 11, 2012 at 01:00 PM
You're right polls don't matter much b/c Polls are just tools to gadge speculations and that can change with the wind. If people are indifferent to the debates, it must be due to the fact that many don't think their vote counts and the number of ppl who aren't voting is increasing! Some ppl aren't going to put their trust in the government no matter who gets in office; they win either way it goes b/c they are counting on themselves to look out for themselves.
GoAndie October 11, 2012 at 01:14 PM
To Andrew Blawat, you are probably right. Like I posted earlier, ppl who don't put their trust in who's in office ; it doesn't matter who wins to them because they are going to take care of themselves , get their businesses in order , to survive whatever the outcome may be! The sign of the times is out, ppl see things have changed for the WORST in this country and it wasn't done in secrecy but by Design!
BStein October 11, 2012 at 01:37 PM
What's funny is that all of you seem to assume that I don't work hard, don't count on myself, and want a government hand out. That couldn't be farther from the truth. I believe in Obama because I know that Romney is going to raise taxes on the middle class He's proposing a 500 trillion dollar tax cut with no way to pay for it. He's also going to kill Obamacare which will raise the deficit by another 200 billion dollars. Any of you that belive (GoAndie) that The president really wants to see the downfall of this country needs to get their head examined. But judging by the way you speak I'm not surprised as you sound pretty ignorant of the facts.
BStein October 11, 2012 at 01:45 PM
* 5 trillion
BStein October 11, 2012 at 01:46 PM
excuse me, I rushed through my speech as I'm actually working unlike you knuckleheads.
BStein October 11, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Must be part of that 47% that Romney couldn't give two hoots about, by the way David, the issue you were speaking of sounds like a revenue issue, not a spending issue.
Ronald October 11, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Ether Romney is an out and out liar or he can't remember what he said last month, both of which should concern people.
cynt October 11, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Question for Mitt Romney 305,689,000 is the approximate number of Americans currently populating the country. It's been suggested that our current way of livinging is not sustainable. So my questions are 1.) Since you are pro-life how do you see the future for a continuing growth in the population 2.) Are you willing to adopt an unwanted new born or pay taxes towards if future upbringing? What do pro-life advocates think might help with this issue? Obviously abstaining hasn't worked. Just looking for an honest and realistic plan that seeks a solution to this oft debated topic. Especially since it is one issue that is clearly a separate issue between the candidates.
GoAndie October 11, 2012 at 03:54 PM
You can't read or comprehend very well, because I never endorsed a candidate. So you may have a master degree in BS, from another failing school. To me, It doesn't matter which one gets into office; I don't look for government to save me! My year and outlook on life is not enveloped around who's in the White House. Come what may, if Obama or Romey, I am moving forward with my agenda no matter what!! I'm telling everyone, with the way government is going, endorse YOURSELF AND RELY ON YOURSELF!!!!
Andrew October 11, 2012 at 03:56 PM
The higher the population the higher amount of consumers. Think a minute about India having a population of 1,241,491,960 in 2011
Andrew October 11, 2012 at 04:00 PM
The polls have an excessive amount of sampling of Democrats so Romney winning or being in a tie in at least 5 polls is very significant. It shows that there is a good chance of a Romney landslide.
Andrew October 11, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Obama is the one who will be raising taxes on the middle class. In fact, he already has raised taxes on the middle class by instituting Obamacare.
Andrew October 11, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Obamacare is going to cost $1.930 Trillion so the $200 billion to rid of it is insignificant when you get a savings of $1.730 by getting rid of it. Opps strike that $1.730 figure as apparently is is even higher: http://www.npr.org/2012/07/12/156659733/weekly-standard-obamacare-cost-estimates-rise
cynt October 11, 2012 at 04:18 PM
1,269,000 sq miles (3,288,000 km²) India, Area Estimated to have a third of the world's poor. In 2011, World Bank stated, 32.7% of the total Indian people fall below the international poverty line of US$ 1.25 per day (PPP) while 68.7% live on less than US$ 2 per day.[1] I don't understand? Why am I thinking about india?
GoAndie October 11, 2012 at 04:22 PM
I don't think the birth rate can catch up with the death rate. All the fatal crimes and accidental deaths via car accidents, fires, drownings, etc, etc...and this does not include the old and sickly aging out in death. All these deaths take place daily. And if you throw in a natural disaster when it comes along or a deathly outbreak of something, the death rate goes up even more! I don't see our world getting over crowded; I see ppl getting more greedy, gluttonous , running thru all the resources they can, very wasteful and hurdling people into certain regions, by means of war or government, packing out certain areas more than others.
GoAndie October 11, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Two thumbs up! I see you're another one who has woken up! Yay!!!
GoAndie October 11, 2012 at 04:33 PM
I like the way you think. I'm glad to know that you really SEE WHAT'S GOING ON! Both are the same type of balls, just spinning in different directions!
Mindy Howser October 11, 2012 at 04:38 PM
I agree Charles, It is not about the winner or loser. Individuals should be focusing on the content, not how loud or fast someone talked.
Andrew October 11, 2012 at 05:17 PM
India, despite having a massive population and large regular population growth has gone from 45.3% poverty level in 1994 to 29.8% poverty level in 2010. http://data.worldbank.org/country/india
Andrew October 11, 2012 at 05:41 PM
THE CPI in India is very low. Here is one area's food and housing prices along with median income level (monthly) in USD. http://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/city_result.jsp?country=India&city=Lucknow+%28Lakhnau%29&displayCurrency=USD
BStein October 11, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Tell me how one thing has anything to do with the other. Oh wait....Another problem the republicans are trying to put on the black guy...I get it now.....
Andrew October 11, 2012 at 07:18 PM
BStein your cheap race card attempt is denied. Obama is a failure no matter his skin color.
BStein October 11, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Still havent tied one activity to another......shocker! conservative can't connect dots
M.A.Dawson October 11, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Very deep. I'll be sure not to step in it. Speaking of India, has anyone tried the new curry blizzard at Dairy Queen?
Andrew October 11, 2012 at 07:49 PM
Your invoking racism into this shows that you are the racist. Race card denied again.
BStein October 11, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Yup, self hating white guy here.....If one person in this forum can tie Obama to Hollywood and Hollywood to Libya, in a clear, concise, truthful manner I'll keep quiet. Not counting my chickens though, pretty sad to see Mittens taking advantage of a national crisis in his capmaign though. Just like his Republican cronies in congress. http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/dana-milbank-letting-us-in-on-a-secret/2012/10/10/ba3136ca-132b-11e2-ba83-a7a396e6b2a7_story.html?hpid=z7
Andrew October 11, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Looks like you are trying to put words in David's mouth. Obama's administration did not increase security at the embassy and his minions lied about what caused the embassy to get overrun and the diplomat to be killed. Obama showed his concern about this incident by proceeding to fly in to fundraise for his reelection bid with his Hollywood buddies.


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