Tuesday, June 14, 2011

National Journal Insiders Poll: Mitt Romney big winner in NH Debate

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was the winner of the first major presidential debate tonight according to a survey of Republican and Democratic political operatives, campaign consultants, and party strategists, in a special National Journal Political Insiders Poll conducted tonight. Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann also had a good evening
Who do you think was the biggest winner of the debate? (Republicans)

Mitt Romney 51%
Michele Bachman 21%
Tim Pawlenty 9%
Newt Gingrich 7%
Herman Cain 4%
Rick Santorum 4%
Ron Paul 0%

Who do you think was the biggest winner of the debate? (Democrats)

Mitt Romney 35%
Michele Bachman 26%
Tim Pawlenty 12%
Rick Santorum 12%
Herman Cain 5%
Newt Gingrich 5%
Ron Paul 2%

Insiders Rationale:
Romney also won points when he was able to deflect criticism that the health care reform plan that he helped enact in Massachusetts inspired the national health care reform passed by President Obama and congressional Democrats. “Handled tough questions effectively, asserted his frontrunner status,” said one GOP Insider. “Mitt didn’t take on any water, remains frontrunner,” said another.
The full story is HERE.


liz said...

Romney won by default

larry said...

Romney won because he was the most Presidential and his answers were precise.

Many others answered THEIR OWN questions and not what was asked.

All I learned from Bachmann is she fostered 23 kids.

Noelle said...

Mitt Romney won by default. He did well, although I thought he could have been better. He maintained his position, which is as a front-runner.

Michele Bachmann did better than I expected. I did not like how she sounded like she was campaigning in the beginning, but once she got to answering questions, she did very well.

Newt Gingrich did very well, but then he has nowhere to go but up.

Ron Paul maintained his position.

Rick Santorum did okay, but didn’t move forward.

Herman Cain did not do well. I feel like he lost ground.

Tim Pawlenty also lost ground and showed weakness.

Mitt Romney 2012

Anonymous said...

Noelle, good summation.

My only problem is with Romney and Tim--they sound too canned. They need to take a lesson from Newt, and Ron Paul, to some extent. They speak so naturally.

Other than that, Romney and Pawlenty are still the two most qualified. Bachmann proved something last night, but it's not anywhere near making her a credible choice. Even though Tim sort of blew it, he's still more qualified than the rest of the lessers.


Which made me kind of happy, but in reality

Anonymous said...

Oh sorry about that last sentence.

I was going to say that Tim blowing last night actually made me sort of happy.


zeke said...

Romney was the clear winner.
He clobbered Obama and praised his opponents.

True leadership and party unifying move on his part.

He won the debate on that strategy alone.

Revolution 2012 said...

I agree with that zeke.

It added to the aura of him being a President who could unify the party.

BOSMAN said...


His win is impressive with these Republican insiders.

ann said...

I'm assuming that insiders are reporters, bloggers, etc?

I agree with their poll numbers.