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MA Dem Come Out of Conventions on a High: Patch Poll

The latest findings from Patch's Red and Blue Commonwealth surveys.

Massachusetts Democrats got more of a confidence boost out of their party conventions than Republicans did: that's the major finding from Red and Blue Commonwealth surveys sent out to Massachusetts Republicans and Democrats earlier this week.

An overwhelming 88% of influential Massachusetts Democrats surveyed in Patch polls said they feel "more strongly" that their candidate is going to win the presidential election in November. Only 56% of Republicans surveyed responded similarly.

Republicans also seemed less confident about whether their presidential candidate had gotten into the details of their plans: 45% of them were neutral or disagreed with the statement that "In his convention speech, Romney provided specifics on his goals for the next four year and how he would achieve them."

26% of influential Democrats polled felt similarly about Obama's speech.

The majority of respondents in each survey said they strongly agree their candidate has shown how he is different from the competition.

Highlights and Lowlights

A majority of "Red Commonwealth" poll responders said Ann Romney's speech was the highlight of the Republican National Convention.

On the Democratic side, nearly all respondents said Bill Clinton's speech was the highlight of the DNC.

"Clinton's speech reminding us of the depth of the recession and that the Obama administration was confronted with the worse [sic] recession since the great depression that was the result of the previous administration's policies," one political influencer said.

Notably, five of the influential Republicans sang the praises of Clint Eastwood's speech, which was widely mocked in mainstream media and on late night television. Eight Republican repondents cited the speech as "the one misstep" of the convention.

"As much as he deserves huge accolades, the speech by Clint Eastwood fell flat. He really tried, but age and frailty were his enemy, much like we saw with Dick Clark in his final New Year's Eve appearances," one influencer wrote.

Democrats said the kerfuffle over whether to keep God in the party platform, was the major misstep at the Democratic National Convention.

Red and Blue Commonwealth Survey

Our surveys are not a scientific, random sample of any larger population, but rather an effort to listen to a group of influential local Republican and Democratic activists, party leaders, candidates and elected officials in Massachusetts. All of these individuals have agreed to participate in Massachusetts’ Patch surveys, although not all responded to this story’s questions.

Patch will be conducting Red Commonwealth and Blue Commonwealth surveys throughout the 2012 election season in hopes of determining the true sentiment of conservatives and progressives on the ground in Massachusetts. If you are an activist, party leader or elected official and would like to take part in periodic surveys that last just a few minutes, please contact Associate Regional Editor Dann DeMaina at Danield@patch.com

Anna Bucciarelli September 14, 2012 at 03:06 PM
By all means, Andrew, "open a thread" to Chelmsford. Would be good with just a few questions requiring only Y & N answers, to avoid the ever ongoing discussions that often go on (which I, of course, contribute to with abandon, as you know) if that's possible.
Tom Maggiacomo September 15, 2012 at 03:10 AM
Iron Mike has got it right!! Maybe I'll stop reading Chelmsford.Patch
Iron Mike September 15, 2012 at 03:26 AM
Let's give them a little time to adjust Tom. Many of the young journalists who have assumed leadership positions in our local Patches come from the print media - where they were baptized in ultra-liberalism and nursed on one-sided story-telling. And that worked for generations - until slowly the internet began to dry up their readership, and they stopped selling print newspapers. Advertising dollars dried up, and newspaper staffs have been laid off in droves. Many Patch editors were laid off from print newspapers. They need time to relearn the value of honest investigative reporting and neutral reporting of the facts - ALL the facts. In their favor is that they are now living and working very close to their readers; they are not immune for the 'stuff' that goes on in state and local government. I think in time a whole new tradition in journalism will become part of the American fabric. Right now, they're still feeling their way. Those who still want to 'shape' events will become known. Those who want to REPORT will become respected.
Fred Oleary September 15, 2012 at 06:13 AM
Seriously Mike, get a job. Maybe run your own daily. Earn those entitlements you've been living off. And maybe save up a few bucks to pay back Mister Tyson, as he's the only one who has earned that nickname and I believe it's trademarked. Unless, that is, you want to go "toe to toe" with this ( http://egyptsaidso.com/files/2009/11/mike-tyson.jpg ) tough guy.
Anna Bucciarelli September 15, 2012 at 01:32 PM
Never ... you may be dissatisfied with the reporting but these young people are giving it their best try. May be slanted, may not ... we can make up our own minds concerning the issues. I like that it's local and I like getting people's feedback on the articles. All food for thought.

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