October 16, 2008
Snap Polls: Obama Trounces McCain, 3-0Remember in previous elections when the "spin room" reigned supreme? It was a room where all the talking heads and advocates for either candidate gathered, spinning the debate like crazy to spread the meme that their candidate won. Well, it looks like focus groups and snap polls have killed the spin room, and to that I say good riddance.
It's great to hear from the voting public given that it's their opinion that matters, anyway. It's also great to see what they think before they're exposed to the opinion of partisan pundits who, in this instance, will madly try to spin this debate as a win for McCain (I'm looking at you, Bill Bennett and Pat Buchanan).
The funny thing too, was that the reverse seemed to have happened: the snap polls appeared to have tempered the reaction of the talking pundits who desperately want to make this a horse race than it really is, lest they appear to have totally read the debate wrong and fall flat on their face.
It was also irritating to see the likes of CNN's John King pooh pooh the poll results, saying that they were unfairly eschewed towards Dems (they're not) and that results were tainted because respondents are too emotional after the debate. Well too bad for you, John King, the people have spoken. They don't give a crap what you think and they certainly don't like you telling them what to think, thank you very much.
First off, both CNN and CBS's snap polls show Obama pwned John McCain in the last debate:
The results over at CBS show Obama to have scored the biggest victory to date: "Fifty-three percent of the uncommitted voters surveyed identified Democratic nominee Barack Obama as the winner of tonight's debate. Twenty-two percent said Republican rival John McCain won. Twenty-four percent saw the debate as a draw."There was also Stan Greenberg's focus group:
In politics it is generally not considered a good sign when voters are laughing at you, not with you. And by the end of the third and last presidential debate, the undecided voters who had gathered in Denver for Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg’s focus group were “audibly snickering” at John McCain’s grimaces, eye-bulging, and repeated references to “Joe the Plumber.”Ouch.
In addition, focus groups from CBS, CNN and even Faux News confirmed the same thing:
Meanwhile, virtually the entire Frank Luntz focus group on Fox News, which was staged tonight in Miami, said that Barack Obama won the debate. Luntz termed it a "clear majority," but not one person raised their hand when asked if they thought McCain won.Here is a compilation video showing snippets from all three:
These are of course, devastating results for John McCain, considering that several polls showed him trailing Obama by double digits right before the debates. A tie wasn't enough; he needed to win this and convince independents and undecideds to vote for him. Instead, he lost the debate and lost it big.
More reactions at Memeorandum.
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