Who Won the Presidential Debate?
Visitors to Patch's debate viewing parties at Wehrenberg Theatres were divided in St. Charles and largely in
More than 160 people from throughout the St. Louis and St. Charles county areas attended debate viewing parties at two local movie theaters for Wednesday's showdown between GOP candidate Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama.
The verdict: A split decision in St. Charles; Romney the winner in Des Peres. About 57 people attended the viewing party, sponsored by Patch and FOX2, at the Wehrenberg St. Charles Stadium 18 Cine; another 107 attended the party at Wehrenberg's Des Peres 14 Cine.
"Obama was more specific on loopholes and tax cuts and Medicare and Social Security," said one guest, in a written survey after the debate, while another countered with, "Romney was sharp and better prepared."
Of the surveys collected in St. Charles, 11 thought Romney won; 13 thought Obama did. Another six said neither one. In Des Peres, 32 respondents said Romney won; nine said Obama; five said neither.
With rare exception, according to the surveys collected by Patch, the debate served only to strengthen the resolve of voters who favored one candidate over the other. Most who came in supporting Romney said the debate had strengthened their support, and vice versa.
Visitors to St. Charles gave good reviews to the viewing party itself. Some of the guests said it helped them focus on the debate, the candidates and the issues to see it in a group, on the big screen. Patch partnered with FOX2 news, along with Wehrenberg, on this debate. FOX2 anchor Mandy Murphey greeted guests at the St. Charles theater, while anchor Tom O'Neal greeted visitors in Des Peres.
Patch plans to partner with Wehrenberg on the remaining three debates — the vice presidential debate Oct. 11 and the other presidential debates on Oct. 16 and 22.
Of the 107 attendees in Des Peres, 46 turned in surveys afterward. Words describing Romney positively (exact quotes except where noted):
- More articulate
- On Facebook, Democratic friends were silent while Republican friends were celebratory (not exact quote)
- Very personable
- Romney was dominant in the debate
- Gov. Romney offered more concrete ideas and offered more proof that his plans will work
- Obama was flat
- Romney had 'control of topic'
- Are you kidding? It was a beat down.
- Obama seemed very unprepared.
- I felt Romney was direct and confident in his responses and explanations.
- He was more composed and Presidential. He knew the topics and went after Obama.
Words describing Obama positively (exact quotes except where noted):
- He stated facts and didn't cut Romney down like he could have
- He has more experience and composure
- "Romney just makes claims and will say anything people want to hear"
- Obama was able to give specific details regarding his plans
- Obama described in detail what he's done over the last four years and what he will do in the next four. Romney was passionate but not detailed.
- He generally respected Romney as a candidate, something ROmney didn't do.
Most important moment of the debate (exact quotes except where noted):
- Jim Lehrer trying to gain control.
- Lack of Romney plan
- Romney's bank claims (person was Obama supporter)
- Obama was unsure, repetitive and uncredible
- The first topic because Romney set himself up for a clear advantage during the rest of the debate
- The "Obamacare" discussion
- Romney stayed on point about taxes and jobs!
- Jim Lehrer's facial expressions
- Obama was tired, boring.