Online Poll: Debate Has Little Impact on Florida Voters

Only two percent of survey participants believe the October 22 showdown changed how they will vote on November 6th, according to a survey conducted with Florida Voter’s Voice, an online research panel of likely voters developed and managed by qSample.

This unique survey was deployed immediately after the debate and indicates the state’s voters are skewing towards Barack Obama, but with 23% still undecided.

Rudly Raphael

Rudly Raphael

Of note – 64% of panel participants indicated the foreign policy topics debated are important to them in this election.  When asked whom they think won the debate, 52% choose President Obama versus 31% for Governor Romney.  Also, 42% of respondents confirmed that they consider themselves a Democrat versus 35% of the survey population that declared themselves Republican.

In fact, 99% of voters who consider themselves “strong” Democrats believe Obama won the debate last night and 72% of “strong” Republicans considered Romney the winner.

These party affiliation numbers are not as tight as those forecasted in the nation-wide presidential race, but it confirms how influential the Independent voters are in this key campaign state.

Florida has 29 electoral-college votes to be won, and when asking these Independent voters who won Monday night’s debate, 55% gave the nod to Obama, while 30% sided with Romney and 15% called it a draw.

Florida Voter’s Voice participants are highly committed to this election, with 98% of respondents planning to vote in next month’s election and the remaining 2% indicating they had voted early.  Other majority characteristics of this survey include:  70 % of the respondents are Caucasian, 93% are over 35 years old and gender evenly represented.

Florida Voter’s Voice is part of VoterFeedback.com – a robust online panel of likely voters nationwide, developed by qsample. For firms that are in need of a quality sample of likely voters, VoterFeedback provides access to millions of respondents who are highly profiled and recruited to participate in a variety of research initiatives.

Rudly Raphael is president of qSample – a Chicago based research firm that specializes in developing and managing specialty panels and research communities.

Note: This post originally appeared on the qSample Blog.

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About Rudly Raphael

Rudly Raphael is president of qSample – a Chicago based research firm that specializes in developing and managing specialty panels and research communities.

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