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Congressional Insiders Poll

Which party had the better national convention?

Democrats (22 Votes)

Republicans: 0%
Democrats: 100%
Neither: 0%



“Weird old white guy cusses at an empty chair versus Bill Clinton. Duh!”

“Thank God for Bill Clinton!”


“Democrats had a better convention. The Dem convention was positive, uplifting, on message, motivational for the base. Republican convention was bookended by Todd Akin and Clint Eastwood’s empty chair. One long, anti-Obama infomercial. Enough said.”

“Far and away better! Spirited/Positive/Substantive!”

“It’s the Clintons, stupid!”

“Dems, hands down. They had Clint Eastwood. We had Bill Clinton and a slew of veterans. Game over.”


“All of the speakers at the DNC were on message. The DNC displayed a greater sense of unity and diversity. The DNC looked more like America.”

“Democrats left Charlotte fired up and ready to fight for the priorities of Middle America and working families.”

“Bill Clinton rekindled Dem enthusiasm.”

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“Are you kidding?”



Which party had the better national convention?

Republicans (22 Votes)

Republicans: 68%
Democrats: 14%
Neither: 18%


“The Republicans had new faces, especially Paul Ryan who had just been selected, while the Democrats featured two men who are known quantities.”

“Democrats [were] totally disorganized and in disarray. ‘Big tent’ looked more like the ‘Big Top.’ What a circus!”

“Romney delivered, and the Dems got entangled on social issues rather than talk about a plan for jobs.”

“We are $16 billion in debt, more Americans are jobless than in the history of our country, the Middle East could explode in nuclear war at any minute ... and the message from one of the Democrats’ most touted speakers was whining that the government wouldn’t pay for her birth control. You tell me.”

“For solutions, Republicans had the better convention. For blaming others, self-pity, and celebrity sightings, the Democrats had the better convention.”


“Both parties had perception problems with their partisan platforms, but Obama ultimately got the bounce he needed.”

“But it won’t matter in November. 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?”


“No movement on the meter for either party. It’s like the conventions never happened. All eyes [will be] on the first debate.”

“Three to four days is too long.”



Which party benefits more politically from the looming sequestration defense cuts?

Democrats (22 Votes)

Republicans: 0%
Democrats: 32%
Neither: 68%


“It’s hard for the Republicans to bemoan something they voted for.”

“Assuming they play it right, Democrats can enlighten voters that Republicans don’t care about domestic issues and that Republicans can’t be trusted to stick by anything they say they support.”

“D’s hold all the cards on the fiscal cliff. They win, or they win with taxes up and defense cuts.”

“Democrats have a balanced plan to turn off the sequester, and Republicans have an unserious plan.”


“Across-the-board cuts are never a good idea; [they] do more harm than good.”

“Dysfunctionality is dysfunctionality.”

“The cuts are not beneficial to the American people, and they would punish both parties because they will scale back delivery of programs that are important to the American way of life.”

“It was what the Republicans wanted, now they want to pretend they don’t own it. However, lots of Americans want defense cuts.”

“It’s a disaster for everybody.”



Which party benefits more politically from the looming sequestration defense cuts?

Republicans (22 Votes)

Republicans: 46%
Democrats: 9%
Neither: 46%


“Republicans, slightly, because of residual strong defense identity, but people aren’t sure really who to blame.”

“Serves as a reminder that Obama didn’t bring the promised change—a meat ax does not work.”

This article appears in the September 15, 2012 edition of National Journal Magazine.

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