POLITICAL observations & opinions

* Democracy Corps: a huge debate victory for Obama

Posted by Lew Weinstein on October 16, 2008

Democracy Corps on the 3rd debate (thanks to KARIN for the article) …

  • John McCain entered tonight’s debate needing to halt Barack Obama’s momentum and fundamentally change the dynamic of the race.
    • Not only did he fail to achieve this goal, McCain dug himself an even deeper hole.
    • Undecided voters watching the debate felt McCain gave a decidedly un-presidential performance, appearing rude, negative, and easily flustered
    • a stark contrast to Barack Obama’s cool, commanding presence.
  • Obama was seen as the clear victor in the debate, and a group that was much more disposed to support McCain at the outset instead shifted decisively toward Obama (42 to 20 percent) after viewing the debate.
  • Obama made impressive gains, moving from an initial favorability rating of 42 percent warm, 42 percent cool to 72 percent warm and 22 percent cool – an impressive net gain of 50 points.
  • More importantly, Obama made gains on the threshold questions of his fitness to be president.
    • Before the debate, just 38 percent of these voters said he “has what it takes to be president,” but by the end of the night, this had increased to 56 percent.
    • The Democratic nominee made a similar 18-point gain on “can trust him to make the right decisions.”
  • These results were underscored by our focus groups, where voters said Obama came off as reasoned, collected, and presidential.

Read the entire post at … http://www.democracycorps.com/focus/2008/10/third-presidential-debate/

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One Response to “* Democracy Corps: a huge debate victory for Obama”

  1. maureen hanahan said

    WE ARE 19 DAYS AWAY FROM ELECTION DAY AND SENATOR OBAMA HAS
    PROVEN, IN THE FINAL DEBATE, TO BE MORE PRESIDENTIAL.
    HE HANDLED THE ACCUSATIONS RE. HIS “TERRORIST” PALS WITH CLARITY
    AND CONVICTION. REGARDING ROE V WADE ISSUE: HE SPOKE WITH
    RESPECT AND UNDERSTANDING AND NOT UNDERMINING A “HEALTH” PROBLEM
    AS A “STRETCH.” HE PORTRAYED A PRESIDENT THAT UNDERSTANDS OUR
    ECONOMIC CRISIS, AFFORDABLE HEALTH INSURANCE, AND ENDING THE
    WAR…..HIS STRATEGY HAS REMAINED CONSISTANT..HIS STATURE
    UNRUFFLED….MAUREEN HANAHAN, STUART, FLA.

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