Did last nights debate effect how you will vote?
I think we can all agree Romney looked best last night in the first presidential debate. He came out swinging and Obama came out waiting for him to put his foot in his mouth, and it never happened. The substance behind what they were saying wasn’t really all that different from their campaigns thus far (though Obama surely could’ve used to call out Romney as he does in his ads), but Romney put it more concisely and looked better doing it. Anyways, we could debate about who won and the substance of the debate for hours, but that’s not what I want….
I read an article on fivethirtyeight.com yesterday or the day before, that pointed out that debates typically don’t have that big of an effect on the election. It showed them to have fleeting bumps in the polls, much like the conventions, but that unless something major happened at one, you couldn’t expect to see more than a 1% swing long term. But it’s hard to gauge that article or the effect this debate had on my own from my friends and family. The people who already made up their minds were out on Facebook reasserting themselves, but no one who was undecided (assuming I even have those friends) was really vocal about where they stood now.
Did this debate change how you will vote on November 6th? Were you going to vote for one guy but now you’re going for the other? Were you set on your vote but now you’ve come back to undecided and want to hear more from one or both candidates? Did it possibly turn you off from voting all together? Why did it have that effect on how you’ll vote? For what reasons did it have that effect?
again, please try to keep this from devolving into a back and forth about who’s the better candidate or who won the debate, there will be plenty of time for those arguments in other threads I’m sure