A group of undecided female voters believe the president won the debate, but they are not sold as yet. Still most think they need to do more research on both candidates before finally making up their minds.
Public Opinion Strategies and Momentum Analysis conducted a bipartisan focus group that was sponsored by Walmart. The analysis found majority of the women think that it was Obama, not who won the second presidential debate. Five said it was Obama, three said, Mitt Romney while two said they were not sure.
The choice of words by these undecided voters for Obama was a jumble of negatives and positives – from unprepared and stumbling to specific, prepared and impressive. The same was for Mitt Romney. While a few women found him confident, others called him arrogant and superior.
Half of the women in the focus group had watched the first presidential debate. When asked to compare Obama’s performance in the second debate with the first one, they were split somewhat evenly.
However, some of these women said that while they think Obama won the debate, it does not mean that they also think he was the deserving winner. Some said they agreed more with Romney than Obama but think that the debate went in favor of the president.
When asked what is it that they want to get addressed in the third debate to help them make up their minds, the responses were somewhat mixed again. One woman said she wants to hear on health care reforms while others said elaboration on the education plans by each candidate is a more important factor.
Nonetheless, there were a series of points on which the majority agreed. First, the debate had urged them to do more research on the facts associated with each of the candidates. Second, nearly all of them wanted to hear about what education and job prospects Americas have in the next four years. The participants of the focus group said that they feel neither Obama nor Romney is really talking about education. Lastly, none of the women felt that either of the candidates was directly addressing them, and thought they were more involved attacking each other.
While Obama gave a strong showing Tuesday night, it’s unlikely that he would get a boost in the polls similar to what Romney got following the first presidential debate.