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Biden's Debate Performance Energizes NH Dems

Patch polled influential New Hampshire Republicans and Democrats to find out who they felt won the debate.

Joe Biden's performance in Thursday night's debate appears to have energized New Hampshire Democrats, according to a flash poll conducted overnight.

"Every answer by Biden was close to a standout," said one Democrat. "He had a pulse, he had a spine, he had a number, he had a story to support the number and he had gravitas."

Patch tapped our panels of influential New Hampshire Republicans and Democrats in two polls conducted immediately after the vice presidential debate between Biden and Paul Ryan ended. 

Patch received responses from 22 Republicans and 16 Democrats. The poll is not scientific.

Every one of the Democratic respondents said they felt Biden won the debate. Seventy-five percent said they felt Biden won by a wide margin, while 25 percent said they felt he won by a slim margin.

Of the GOP respondents, 36 percent said Ryan won "by a wide margin," and another 36 percent said he won by "a slim margin." Twenty-three percent were neutral or had no opinion, while 5 percent felt Biden won by "a slim margin."

"Ryan was not as strong as expected," said one Republican influential.

Republican respondents said they felt the national media would say that Biden was the consensus winner, with 60 percent agreeing with that statement by a wide or slim margin. By comparison, only 23 percent felt Ryan would be declared as the winner by the national media. Democrats also said the national media would declare Biden the winner, with 81 percent agreeing by a wide or slim margin.

Most Democratic respondents felt Biden did a lot to improve the Obama/Biden ticket's chances of winning the Granite State, with 81 percent saying they strongly or somewhat agreed that Biden's performance made it more likely the Democrats will win on Nov. 6.

Meanwhile, only 55 percent of Republican respondents agreed that Ryan's debate performance makes it more likely that the Romney/Ryan ticket will win New Hampshire.

Asked what moment will stand out most in the minds of conservative and swing voters in New Hampshire, most Republicans cited Biden's debate demeanor.

They mentioned Biden's laughing, his smirks, and his "constant interruptions" whenever Ryan was answering questions.

"Joe Biden was disgraceful in his debate performance," said one Republican. "It wasn't a Sunday talk show, it was a Vice Presidential Debate. He had a complete lack of respect for his opponent and it made him look very angry."

"Biden's interruptions and laughter were very unpresidential in many regards," added another.

But Democrats praised Biden for the very same actions derided by Republicans, saying he remained aggressive and responded to Ryan's assertions.

"If Biden was highly animated, then Ryan was wooden and over rehearsed, providing clearly memorized answers," said one Democrat.

"Ryan was supposed to be wonky, intelligent, confident, and a great debater," said another. "We didn't see that tonight. He looked inexperienced, sometimes flustered, and unable to push back at Biden."

The Red and Blue Granite surveys

Our surveys are not a scientific random sample of any larger population but rather an effort to listen to a swath of influential local Republican and Democratic activists, party leaders and elected officials in New Hampshire. All of these individuals have agreed to participate in the surveys, although not all responded to this week's questions. Surveys were conducted between Oct. 11 and Oct. 12, 2012.

Patch will be conducting Red Granite and Blue Granite surveys throughout 2012 in hopes of determining the true sentiment of Republicans and Democrats on the ground in New Hampshire. If you are an activist, party leader or elected official and would like to take part in a weekly surveys that lasts just a few minutes, please email Regional Editor Marc Fortier at marc.fortier@patch.com.

News Flash October 16, 2012 at 01:18 AM
Biden’s Private Reality Joe Biden’s career of intellectual dishonesty is one step short of the Aristotelian ideal: It has a beginning (his law-school plagiarism) and a middle (his later campaign-trail plagiarism), but his performance in the recent debate suggests that it is without end. From misrepresenting Paul Ryan’s legislative record to telling bald-faced lies about his own, the vice president offered a master class in the art of deception. http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/330383/biden-s-private-reality-editors
News Flash October 16, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Economy, Debates Reveal Obama, Biden Haven't Got What It Takes This election should be about the economy -- the recovery is too slow and Americans are hurting. The performances of President Obama and Vice President Biden in the debates on the campaign trail tell us why. Both say endlessly that they inherited a huge mess, but Americans have seen challenges like these before -- and with better leaders, they licked those more quickly. http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2012/10/15/economy_debates_reveal_obama_biden_havent_got_what_it_takes_115779.html
News Flash October 16, 2012 at 02:40 AM
Brokaw: ‘Obama Is Going To Have To Answer For’ Out Of Control Deficit http://nation.foxnews.com/tom-brokaw/2012/10/14/brokaw-obama-going-have-answer-out-control-deficit Neither Obama in his debate nor Biden in his presented much of anything on this important topic.
News Flash October 16, 2012 at 03:07 AM
Bombastic blather will fool no one Told ya so. President Obama should have pulled a Joe Girardi and benched Joe Biden long ago. Hillary Rodham Clinton would have knocked last night’s debate out of the park and probably won the election for the Democrats. Instead, Biden took the stage and made a fool of himself. The experience that supposedly qualifies him to be a heartbeat away is more than offset by the manic behavior he exhibited. Following his mood swings was like riding a roller coaster. He was over-amped in the beginning and somber and melancholy toward the end. Did the medication kick in, or was it wearing off? http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/bombastic_blather_will_fool_no_one_31s5apEzWVhXzk8ZCKSXBP
MerrimackREZ October 16, 2012 at 03:08 PM
The Movie 2016 comes out today on Blu ray and DVD... Watch it- It isn't a complete Obama bashing but rather a look into the life of the real Obama!!! You wont be sorry

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