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MA Dems Come Out of Conventions on a High

The latest findings from Patch's Red and Blue Commonwealth surveys.

Massachusetts Democrats got more of a confidence boost out of their party conventions than Republicans did: That's the major finding from Red and Blue Commonwealth surveys sent out to Massachusetts Republicans and Democrats earlier this week.

An overwhelming 88 percent of influential Massachusetts Democrats surveyed in Patch polls said they feel "more strongly" that their candidate is going to win the presidential election in November. Only 56% of Republicans surveyed responded similarly.

Republicans also seemed less confident about whether their presidential candidate had gotten into the details of their plans: 45% of them were neutral or disagreed with the statement that "In his convention speech, Romney provided specifics on his goals for the next four year and how he would achieve them."

26% of influential Democrats polled felt similarly about Obama's speech.

The majority of respondents in each survey said they strongly agree their candidate has shown how he is different from the competition.

Highlights and Lowlights
A majority of "Red Commonwealth" poll responders said Ann Romney's speech was the highlight of the Republican National Convention.

On the Democratic side, nearly all respondents said Bill Clinton's speech was the highlight of the DNC.

"Clinton's speech reminding us of the depth of the recession and that the Obama administration was confronted with the worse [sic] recession since the great depression that was the result of the previous administration's policies," one political influencer said.

Notably, five of the influential Republicans sang the praises of Clint Eastwood's speech, which was widely mocked in mainstream media and on late night television. Eight Republican repondents cited the speech as "the one misstep" of the convention.

"As much as he deserves huge accolades, the speech by Clint Eastwood fell flat. He really tried, but age and frailty were his enemy, much like we saw with Dick Clark in his final New Year's Eve appearances," one influencer wrote.

Democrats said the kerfuffle over whether to keep God in the party platform, was the major misstep at the Democratic National Convention.

Red and Blue Commonwealth Survey
 Our surveys are not a scientific, random sample of any larger population, but rather an effort to listen to a group of influential local Republican and Democratic activists, party leaders, candidates and elected officials in Massachusetts. All of these individuals have agreed to participate in Massachusetts’ Patch surveys, although not all responded to this story’s questions.

Patch will be conducting Red Commonwealth and Blue Commonwealth surveys throughout the 2012 election season in hopes of determining the true sentiment of conservatives and progressives on the ground in Massachusetts. If you are an activist, party leader or elected official and would like to take part in periodic surveys that last just a few minutes, please contact Associate Regional Editor Dann DeMaina at Danield@patch.com

just thinking September 16, 2012 at 01:58 AM
yeh sure another 4yrs. of obama,6 trillion more in debt,$338,000,000,000 for illegal's,our state is over flowing with them.take a ride to stop&shop in somerville and watch all the illegal's in new $30-$40,000 cars .wake up you fools who vote democrat,you sure deserve all the taxes we all stuck paying in this state,oh yeh billy bulger wants to say thanks for the $200,000 in the mail ever year ha ha ha
Owen September 16, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Alby, What an ignorant, racist statement. So based on the color of someone's skin and perhaps accented English, a determination on their legal residency status can be made? Bigotry is alive and well in Boston. I thought this was 2012, not 1962. As far as debt is concerned, way to completely ignore the the Republican presidents in the past 30 years who have also used the debt like daddy's credit card.
Marianne Faithfull September 16, 2012 at 06:41 PM
But nobody does it better than the Dem's, Owen. I know you hate being confused with the facts but it's true.
Bill Carson September 17, 2012 at 12:59 AM
The patch needs to do a survey of the Mass Senate Race ! Let's get some comments about that race ! The news includes Bill Clinton's speech but makes NO mention of Professor Elizabeth Warrens speech ! The Democrats have a problem with the Massachusetts Senate Race .Here's why: Why are all the construction workers in Elizabeth Warrens TV campaign ads all wearing brand new clothes ? The ad makes it look like all the workers are actors ! How about when the professor went looking for the "Hick" vote in South Boston and Charelstown ? Then she says she can wall paper because lots of people dumber than her do the same thing ! I think Elizabeth Warren is about 8 to 10 points behind in the poles and won't ride the wave in this election . Almost every picture of her is her mad at the world!

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