Another Republican said Democrats "got entangled on social issues" instead of focusing on the economy.
Still, some doubts have crept into the GOP, with several Republicans saying Democrats had the more successful gathering.
"But it won't matter in November," insisted one of those Republicans. "Obama didn't tell voters why the next four years would be better or even different from the last four years. Why would anyone vote for four more years of this?"
One in five Republicans surveyed said neither party came away better off. "Three to four days is too long," said one.
"No movement on the meter for either party," said another. "It's like the conventions never happened. All eyes on the first debate."
Democrats, however, were all too happy to look backward, especially at Bill Clinton's speech. "Thank God for Bill Clinton," said one Democrat.