Murrysville Debate Exit Polls Are In
By Keegan Gibson, Managing Editor
After the U.S. Senate debate in Murrysville on Friday, audience members had the chance to share their two cents in a survey. But more than the typical horse-race question, the Murrysville-Export Republican Committee also asked attendees whether they changed their minds on who to support during the debate.
Below are the crosstabs, and below that are crosstabs of who the supporters of each candidate are supporting for President.
A special thanks to Jill Cooper and other event organizers who painstakingly poured through audience surveys in order to compile these results.
Takeaways: The Indiana-Armstrong Patriots, the Tea Party group Smith used to lead, brought a bus of supporters down to the event – hence the 36 people who did not change their mind to support him.
PoliticsPA gave Rohrer an A for the debate, and he won over more people than any other candidate. But it’s also good news for Welch, who came in with the least built-in support.
Takeaways: Welch won the Romney supporters in the room, which makes sense because Welch is the most Romney-like of the Senate candidates.
Before he won Iowa, Rick Santorum habitually lost these straw polls even in southwest Pa. He’s back on top for now. Tom Smith won most of them.
Marc Scaringi won a plurality of Ginrich supporters – read into that what you will.
And no surprise here – Rohrer won the noisy Ron Paul contingent by a mile.