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Who Won the Presidential Debate? Patch Survey Takers Say Romney

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney met for their first debate. We surveyed influential Illinois politicians and guests at Patch watch parties, who say the president whiffed.

Illinois Republicans said Mitt Romney "hit a home run" in the Oct. 3 presidential debate and some Democrats said President Barack Obama "looked unprepared," even if they still agree with what he said. 

Patch conducted a quick, unscientific poll among politically involved citizens following the debate and also surveyed residents at Patch-sponsored watch parties throughout the suburbs. 

Of the 19 Republicans who responded to the online survey, 16 said Romney won by a wide margin and one said he defeated Obama by a slim margin. Two Republican respondents said Obama won the debate. 

"I expected Obama to lecture Romney. I never expected Romney to lecture Obama," one Republican said. "Obama spent more time looking at his belly button like a little kid being lectured on where he went wrong."

Read Patch's live chat to re-live the top moments of the debate.

Only seven Democrats replied to the online survey, and they conceded the victory to Romney. Three said the Republican won by a slim margin and two said it was by a wide margin. 

"The president did not look properly prepared for the debate," said one Democrat who admitted to feeling less confident about Obama's re-election. "The president missed many opportunities to call Romney out on his policies," another Democrat said.

Still, some Democrats said Romney only won because he avoided specifics. 

The reaction at Patch watch parties throughout the suburbs was a bit more mixed but still slightly in favor of Romney. At Moraine Valley Community College, four people said Romney won while two said they thought Obama was better. The same results were given at a party in Yorkville. Five people at a Joliet watch party said Romney won, with just one person choosing Obama. 

Lemont Township supervisor Steve Rosendahl said at a Lemont watch party that the debate was a tie.

"It was a good debate. I enjoyed it," he said. "It's always good when you can have two candidates have a healthy debate about the issues."

A crowd of students at St. Xavier University, on the other hand, was very pro-Obama, with eight saying he won the debate and just two believing Romney had the upper hand. 

"Romney seems to only care about what Romney cares about," student Gina Savage said. "That seems like an issue to me." 

A Republican viewing party in Palatine unanimously decided Romney "smoked" Obama as the audience cheered loudly at the end of the debate.

Residents at the Flossmoor Station watch party, featured on WGN/Channel 9, were also heavily in favor of Obama, with 19 saying the president won compared to just three for Romney. 

"I found that Romney did a good job showing a personable, human side of himself," one person in Flossmoor said. "Still, he was frequently on the defensive so Obama seemed to be at the advantage."

Watch WGN's broadcast from the Patch watch party in Flossmoor. 

What was the best zinger of the night?

We also surveyed people about the best one-liners of the night, and here's a sampling of what people had to say:

  • "Since you're also going to repeal Obamacare on Day 1, you're going to have a very busy first day." -- Obama 
  • "I may not be a perfect president, which is something Gov. Romney will support." -- Obama
  • "I like Big Bird." -- Romney
  • "Math, common sense and history tells me what you say is wrong." -- Obama
  • "Is he keeping these plans secret because they're too good?" -- Obama
  • "I'm all for green energy but you could have hired two million teachers with that money." -- Romney
  • "You're entitled to your own airplane and your own house, but not to your own facts." -- Romney
Elm Forest October 07, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Hi Jeff S. You are so funny!
BUTCH October 07, 2012 at 01:18 AM
R Green continued We are about to be even more vulnerable to the threat of the Red Army in or communications INCLUDING MILITARY and no one sees a threat that the WANNABE POTUS is a partner of the RED ARMY and is financed and led by his lyin nose by the only VICE LORD among 1 billion CHINESE. TWIT if he runs to form will eventually make a top member of the POLITBURO CIA boss and another DOD YER entire rank file MOVIE going TPARTY are simple fellow travelers without a clue those of u who can read and write and have ignored the GROVERS and DICK ARMEE the chief lobbyist of the Red Army and boss of the TPARTY are TRAITORS most of the wing nut simpletons on these blogs are just PATHETIC RACISTS
BUTCH October 07, 2012 at 09:59 AM
Robert Green I imagine all you religious wing nuts are on pins and needles awaiting Queen Ann to step to a Podium in Tienanmen Square and tell the assembled ladies of China how much she loves them ? The question on level headed minds will be can she even mention the missing 50 million first born girl babies murdered on orders of TWIT'S PARTNERS who also have their own version of CATHOLICISM not ROMAN -it is led by a MACAU ZIONIST decadent anti Pope and uses the LDS Bishops theology model with and without the sacred regalia ,I would think a devout RC bible and catechism practitioner would be appalled that an American wannabe POTUS would base his most basic business principle on this slave and gender murdering set of what is it BAIN or TPARTY values? I cannot get out of my mind the NEO wing nut programmed hysteria about Rev. Jeremiah Wright who recognized and spoke out against the empire and murder INC the BLACK-WATER-kbr HELLIBURTON Cartel and was denounced every 5 minutes on Bains yell radio (clear channel) and the ZIONIST Fox and friends feeding the know nothings their pablum, NEWT and McSLIME use to be the poster boys for GOP hypocrisy TWIT and LYIN have brought it to the highest level imaginable!
BUTCH October 07, 2012 at 10:29 AM
GENIUS LYIN -450 million to EGYPT! your a friggin born over and over know nada, only a idiot would say that was 4 years ago in terms of history and in reality it took the hero of the GOP TPARTY 6 years to screw everything up for future generations and it will take OBAMA at least that long to right the ship of state by TO FIX what DUBYA DESTROYED. By .the way your ancient hero 666 had DEMETIA for most of the time he was eating jelly beans in the oval office, he was a gracious man who always worked 9-5 the government was being destroyed by the CONTRA operations in the WH basement and BUSH 41 WHILE Cheney and Rummy were in training for their big heist their moment was yet to come, the JEWS and CHINESE steal 500 mill a WEEK From the Fed maybe every day or every hour What did CHENEY invade IRAQ for ? Here's a clue( it cost 5 a gal in CALIF U SAID) where's the benefits except of course to the KING of the dysfunctional family in the most dysfunctional and or treasonous ( by their making) political party in HISTORY. I agree we should have not surged but withdrawn from the HINDU KUSH but had we done so you morons would have accused POTUS of losing AFGHAN. he should have listened to BIDEN instead of his JEWISH (NEO-another pipeline) and holdover BUSH DOD advisors but because u seem to be on the same level of abuse as the HILLBILLY HEROIN KING this nor anything rational will ever sink in.
BUTCH October 07, 2012 at 10:55 AM
NO JOKE i agree with everything you post on employment full and part time ever since NAFTA was passed and the GATT was modified for the WALTON family AND THE REST OF THE GREED MERCHANTS they changed the paradigm, the busy Americans had laughed at Ross Perot and Ralph NADER most of the bloggers on these pages were laughing and now complaining and have not come close to figuring it out after 20 years, Obama has done more than even Clinton the wing nuts and treasonous TPARTY have made his job and any recovery with full employment not impossible because of the obvious obstructionism even the KOCH SUCKER will not save the TPARTY in a few weeks, thanks to the performance of OBAMA the enthusiasm will be contagious and carry over to a DEM landslide, HE HAD Better then deliver on what he said about rewarding corporations that create jobs in America not in Twit's partners homeland, Every real American will be on top of his legislative agenda do you seriously believe the TPARTY would allow this to happen?
BUTCH October 07, 2012 at 10:57 AM
NO joke IN the last years of 41 and into the CLINTON years it became more difficult for workers over 50 who lost their jobs to find new ones as full time unless it was for commissions that were usually a lot less than advertised, it will get worse under this misfit LDS partner of murdering innocents and slave labor even the druggies are awakening and tuning off their HILLBILLY HEROIN political guru
vicky October 07, 2012 at 12:23 PM
Chill out Bob, get that blood pressure down. Be more like your guy Obama, sit back & do absolutely nothing.
Michael October 07, 2012 at 02:21 PM
In 4 years all O has given us is a healthcare plan that raises taxes on everyone. He has had the same time to pass a budget but cannot get his own party to even support it. This is a man that wants us to be a socialist country and be part of a world government. He was trained in politics in Illinois which is the most corrupt in the country and does everything it can to drive small businesses out of the state. If he focused on running the country as much as he did going on the View, Lettetman or TV shows he may get something accomplished. He was given the 4 years he asked for and my family and I are worse off now than before. RR said it, We are not debt because we do not tax enough but because we spend to much!
BUTCH October 07, 2012 at 03:04 PM
So deep thinkers like you want to vote out the Illinois Socialist for the RED ARMY COMMIE who does not want a world government they want to own the world's governments SUCH IS LIFE IN THE DIMMEST speck in the Universe, the TPARTY was founded by the CHIEF LOBBYIST of the COMMUNIST RED ARMY PEOPLES REPUBLIC which adopted BAIN and SHELDON ADELSON'S capitalist aka vices business plans. financed and partner 666 said that before he raised taxes SIX times and also
BUTCH October 07, 2012 at 03:19 PM
sorry about the last sentence 666 (RR) as mentioned said that on spending before he raised taxes 6 times in 8 years this was like TWIT'S PLAN the result of a 20% tax cut for the high rollers what TWIT and THE PARTY forget to mention it was CALLED VOO-DOO economics then but the business schools in PEKING and MACAU WERE only on the mind of a few RED ARMY guys who also loved their TEA it was then the Tex-ass FUTURE majority leader of the GOP got his inspiration and created the TPARTY USA because the MACAU and PEKING business schools were yet to open, the turning point came when the RED ARMY were stopped in their tracks by the VIETNAMESE and took on a new strategy based on the BAIN METHOD enough of this education u people in the TPARTY do not even know where CHINA or VIETNAM are you simply do what the shrill voice of yell radio says so do all the TRAITORS in the 12% approval rated CONGRESS.
Elm Forest October 07, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Hey Butch, Name calling and pseudo swearing only turns the readers off and shows your heightened violent anger. I am making far less than I did before BO took over and I blame his policies for that. He gave how many Billions to his pet alternative energy companies with not much to show for it? One example; Let's say he would have instead given that to the middle and low income tax payers that he swears he cares about. The majority of the balance would have been spent, creating jobs. The Keynesian administration is heading to break the county and have the Dollar stripped of it roll as Reserve Currency for the world. Not too many people understand what that means it seems. Basically an overnight action (kind of like when gas goes up overnight) the price of everything we buy will go up and it won't come down in price. That's because our currency will be devalued tremendously. Every county on earth that wants to trade internationally right now has to either buy Dollars or already have purchased previously and in their own coffers. When the countries of the world no longer need the dollar to trade with there will be a tsunami of dollars that will literally flood our financial shores. Obama has added nearly 4 Trillion to the pile and hasn't done the job. The only man I believe for the job was Ron Paul but now he is out so since we know BO can't figure it out because he bit on the Keynesian trail we only have one choice left. Obama can't get the job done, not in a million years.
BUTCH October 07, 2012 at 03:41 PM
i will add that anything made by TWIT'S Chinese partners are a national security threat be it toothpaste-pet food or fish-chips the Aussies have banned them from doing business down under and YOU MORONS are going to put them in the WHITE HOUSE but on a religous level once more GREED for scum like BAIN is not a deadly sin.
BUTCH October 07, 2012 at 03:51 PM
second thoughts on educating the threat from the Peoples REP began when another GOP CROOK tricky DICK OPENED up CHINA he sent the despicable little JEW boy his term for HENRY KISSINGER as his errand boy he was up to the task, what the morons do not realize is because of the MESS created by BUSH the RED army ARE USING surrogates like BAIN and other fellow travelers to also buy up land and property in third party names and as soon as NITWIT TWIT the traitor is sworn in they will begin moving their surplus coolies into our depleted job market that is the lyin -TWIT plan and budget that is so good so secret and so TREASONOUS
BUTCH October 07, 2012 at 04:32 PM
no joke you are correct about the energy giveaways but remember the facking experiments cost far more before they were successful and go back to Jimmy Carter, I too have suffered economically as do all Americans and even the stupid MURKANS, I think there was no real thought in the energy projects that were absorbed by the same RED ARMY maybe BO learned his lesson on that as well as what he faces in the next debate, The Chinese PARADIGM CHANGE for the record began after we liberated the EMIR of KUWAIT, the grateful ruler wanted to pay the expenses for the one week war but BUSH 41 said it is a present of the USA taxpayers, which outraged the SYRIANS, EGYPTIANS and other members of the coalition, the 100 million then ended up in the PEOPLES REP flown in by their new partner NEIL BUSH long before BAIN was with the COMRADES and now because of the deadly sins of the GOP and some scummy unions I might add who were manipulated and orchestrated by Madigoon types we are in danger of being a fifth rate technology and economic power. The good news is after TWIT is sent packing to SALT LAKE or MACAU and they decide their only option is using cyber warfare they may wipe out our national security warning systems and all cyber needs along with the debts but it will make it even easier for criminals to get access to VITAL records.
BUTCH October 07, 2012 at 04:38 PM
,no joke on Illinois I would also point out the GOP TREASURER is sending the taxes collected to the ZIONIST state because they are not enough LOCAL banks in ILLINOIS that could use the money our local DEMOPUB Zionists insist they are not using it to build more illegal settlements on the WEST BANK to destabilize the region it is done on behalf on bringing more JEWS from RUSSIA imagine there are still some there, what if the MACAU VICE LORD BAIN financier invested his money there rather than in child and slave labor maybe the DEMOPUB neo's could help the local economy's by assisting the local banks in lending and investments?
Mike Bruno October 07, 2012 at 08:22 PM
@Robert Green Back from travels: By your stunningly loose definition of "way of life", I think you could say conscious thought would be a religion.
New Lenox Mom October 08, 2012 at 01:39 PM
I'm just wondering why anyone argues with the Robme Zombies?? Why waste your time?? YES, we can all agree Robme won the debate, he clearly told the most lies...27 lies in 38 minutes, and I am pretty sure it is a new record! He changed ever single position he ever had, but he always does that. His mantra is, I am just going to say what people want to hear, it doesn't mean that is what I would actually do. In less than 24 hours his campaign had to walk back almost everything that he claimed during the debate, which is nothing new. Let him shout it from the rooftops for all to hear, and then we will just let the campaign very quietly say....oh no, he isn't going to do that, where nobody will pay attention. Thank god he will NOT win! Fortunately more americans are smarter than Robme thinks!
Raymond Stawick October 08, 2012 at 03:08 PM
For Logansdad - Romney spelled out the pricipals of how pay for lower the taxes which closing the loop holes. He will layout to congress the amount needed to offset the tax reduction and then expect congress to determine which loop holes, this is reachig across the aisle. As for Romeny not giving specifics can you provide the specifics Obama has given for his 4 trillion in cuts?
BUTCH October 08, 2012 at 03:25 PM
MOM-ROBEME that's the guy the MACAU CANDIDATE and the endorsed candidate of the UNITED CHAMBER of COMRADES more Americans are smarter but in every state in ole DIXIE and the GOP TPARTY governors states voter purges and suppresion have taken a million voters off the rolls and then there are the tparty OWNED die bold MACHINES what I am worried about is the DOJ has sat on their butts for 4 years it was no secret JEB and the scumbag medicare care robber SCOTT were going to do what they do best steal elections,HOLDER'S actions so far were as dismal as OBAMA'S in BS ONE great name wish I said it.MOM
Ellie October 11, 2012 at 12:27 AM
Paul, well said. Romney's ER gaffe was particularly telling. Luke, Reagan raised taxes frequently and monumentally, including 1982's Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act, which, according to Bloomberg, "raised an average of $47 billion in each of the four years after it was enacted" and at the time was the largest tax hike in four decades.
Ellie October 11, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Tom, you and Romney might think it's perfectly appropriate to make stuff up, but to most of us, it's not okay. Don't just invent a reason why you think oil companies get subsidies. Inventing stuff might win a debate, but if lying wins an election, that's called stealing. The 50 years to one year number that Romney gave was debunked immediately, by the way. Inform yourself on that and the "27 lies in 38 minutes" that Romney told at the debate: http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2012/10/04/958801/at-last-nights-debate-romney-told-27-myths-in-38-minutes/ http://www.forbes.com/sites/energysource/2012/04/25/the-surprising-reason-that-oil-subsidies-persist-even-liberals-love-them/ http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2012/oct/05/mitt-romney/mitt-romney-says-barack-obama-provided-90-billion/
Ellie October 11, 2012 at 01:02 AM
Michael, the Affordable Care Act was based on what Romney did in MA. It doesn't actually raise our taxes and it lowers our insurance premiums. They're not allowed to excessively screw us over anymore! Read about the ACA instead of listening to what Fox 'news' says about it. I'm personally doing a lot better now financially than I was four years ago, but you know what? Anecdotal evidence is just that. I'm doing better, you're not. BFD? It's not about just us. And besides, isn't the Republican mantra "personal responsibility"? Or "if you're broke, blame yourself?" Take a cue from your party and accept responsibility for your life and quit blaming the scary black guy and quit calling him names or a socialist. (And if you actually believe the problem is the country's spending, PRAISE the president for getting us out of the super expensive war in Iraq! And praise him for working on getting us out of Afghanistan! Romney wants to get us in Iran and Syria and God knows where else. What's that going to cost????)
Ellie October 11, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Well said, New Lenox Mom! You reminded me of this video of Romney's flipflops someone posted the other day: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_pgfWK3sxw
G.Ryan October 11, 2012 at 01:13 AM
No, Ellie we are all BAROKE!!! Stop all your lies about Romney wanting to start a war! You 20 year olds google freaks are such propaganda artists aren't you? Well, your Anti-American entitlement rock star will lose this election. Sorry, he needs to go back to Kenya where he belongs.
John Roberts October 12, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Cracks me up people on here debating like there is a difference between either candidate.lol.Know what the NDAA act is,Rico act,Sopa act,CISPA act,Patriot act is,how about the U.N small arm treaty? If any of you had a clue as to what any of this is and know that both candidates supported these actions then there would not even be a debate.How do you people like military tactics being used against Americans every day.Any of you know why Leah Lynn Plante is?The young girl a grand jury just threw in prison for up to 18 months because she refused to testify to a Grand Jury.Know what a Grand Jury is?You get NO lawyer Present to represent you.They want her to testify about a court house that was vandalized and the state knows where she was when it happened they know she was not there.Both candidates support this.And according to the NDAA act she can be sent to Cuba where you have no rights and can be held until the war on terror is over.Also according to the NDAA act the president is breaking the law making deals with Iraq,Afghanistan government who is making deals with the terrorists even to the point where the Taliban now have a right to be a political party. but these laws only apply to you the U.S. Citizen.And just think both of these guys support 30,000 Drones and being usedto spy on Americans you know cause it was us the citizens fault all of the war crap started and got other countries mad at us.send the government over to fight the wars see if they still want it as bad.
BUTCH October 12, 2012 at 02:38 PM
After watching the love fest last night and then the newer version (Denzel) of MANCHURIAN (MACAU)CANDIDATE and the dead seal Glenn Dougherty friend talk about the 4 encounters with the candidate in 45 minutes each time introducing himself and forgetting he did each time he has a implant at BAINPORT or FREEPORT THEY REPLACEMENT RED ARMY WORKERS FLY THE RED ARMY FLAG not to difficult to figure out they are his financiers partner in the off shore drilling operation in Iran where LYIN insists are getting the bomb which will wipe out our gallant NETANYAHOOOO ALLY, nice job Mr. Roberts how long have u been aboard?
Ellie October 28, 2012 at 05:52 PM
G. Ryan: Someone who says our President should "go back to Kenya" refers to someone else as a "propaganda artist"? I would laugh if it wasn't so sad that you somehow made it to adulthood but never managed to pick up any common sense on the way.
G.Ryan October 28, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Ellie, if you had any common sense you wouldn't be supporting a criminal like Obama! Yes, he needs to go back to Kenya to be the community organizer that he is. And on November 6th, America will remove him from the White House so he can become the celebrity people like you and your neediness crave in a President with your entitlement mentality.
Eric Roberts October 28, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Businesses do not create more jobs without more demand. You can throw all sorts of money a the rich and to corporations as we have done over the past 12 years and you are not going to create jobs. The only way to create jobs is to increase demand. The only way to increase demand is to get money to the people that spend it...the lower and middle class via unemployment and other benefits. Giving tax cuts to the rich only increasing our deficit and increases their coffers., Romney may have won on style, but he didn't win on substance. You can't win the substance of a debate when all you are spouting is lie and after lie.
Eric Roberts October 28, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Except that he lied about it Tom. 3 companies out of the 33 companies that took money from DOE green initiative went bankrupt. Sounds to me like the government made a good investment financially and for our future.

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