Friday, August 12, 2011

Majority Of Respondents To Topix Poll Believe Ron Paul Won Fox News Iowa Republican Presidential Debate

On August 11th, 2011, eight Republican presidential candidates showed up to participate in the Iowa debate moderated by Fox News. Participating were Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Tim Pawlenty, Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman Jr., Rick Santorum, and Herman Cain. Politico presents highlights of each candidates' performance HERE, and CNN Political Ticker presents their roundup HERE.

American Spectator thinks no one really won it, although they suggest that Tim Pawlenty, who repeatedly attacked Bachmann, saying her record of accomplishment and results is nonexistent, looked weak. Chris Wallace clearly put Gingrich on the defensive over the loss of much of his campaign staff. All candidates but Huntsman contended that the deal President Obama made with Congress to raise the debt ceiling should never have happened. All candidates offered at least some faint praise for Rick Perry and Sarah Palin in anticipation of their entrance into the race.

But although the national media may be soft-pedaling it, many who watched the debate have already picked a clear winner. A majority of respondents to this Topix poll indicate they believe Ron Paul won the debate between Republican presidential candidates hosted by Fox News on August 12th, 2011. Although it is an "unscientific" poll, the results cannot be ignored. Screenshots of the graphics posted below:

Larger and most current version HERE
As you can see, Ron Paul dominates throughout much of the country, as shown in green. Isolated pockets of yellow showed where Newt Gingrich prevails, while a continuous band of blue in the Intermountain West shows Mitt Romney's dominance there.

Larger and most current version HERE
Not that much voting in Alaska, but Ron Paul dominates by a small amount, followed by Newt Gingrich and Michelle Bachmann (primarily in Anchorage).

Update August 12th: In case you're wondering whether Ron Paul supporters "stuffed" the ballot box, so to speak, a separate Daily Mail poll from over on the other side of the Atlantic indicates that 31 percent believe Ron Paul won the debate, followed by Mitt Romney with 24 percent.

The Des Moines Register published a good article about Ron Paul's performance. Paul and Rick Santorum had a sharp exchange about U.S. military involvement in the Middle East, with Santorum defending our presence because Iran extremists are currently targeting U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. But Ron Paul stood firm and pointed out that Iran does not have an air force that can come here, and can’t even make enough gasoline for themselves. Paul added that sanctions and other measures taken against countries that have not attacked the U.S. undermine free trade and put America at risk of becoming a target of future hostile actions.

On other issues, Ron Paul said he didn’t support amnesty for those in the country illegally, and would roll back the Affordable Care Act signed into law last year. Paul also said same-sex marriage is an issue for the states, not the federal government, and that a sound monetary policy required phasing out the Federal Reserve.

General political consensus holds that Ron Paul should finish in the top three in the Iowa caucuses, but the expected entry into the race of Texas Governor Rick Perry on August 13th and the possible entry of Sarah Palin on Labor Day could jumble up the works. Perry is doing well in some recent polls, as he seems to be the new Huckabee.

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