Posted by: rcieri | October 3, 2008

Elon community sees Biden as debate’s winner

A convenient poll found that Elon University students, faculty and staff favor Biden for the winner of the Oct. 2 vice-presidential debate.

A convenient poll found that Elon University students, faculty and staff favor Biden for the winner of the Oct. 2 vice-presidential debate.

All eyes on Palin

A convenient poll of 230 Elon University students, faculty and staff the morning after the vice presidential debate revealed that 37 percent thought Sen. Joe Biden won the debate, while only 23 percent though Gov. Sarah Palin prevailed.

Poll participants were sampled from across campus between 10:50 a.m. and 11:25 a.m. Friday, with a few responses coming through the social networking site Facebook.

In this much-anticipated and televised event, most pundits thought that the outcome was fairly even but Biden made a slightly better impression. Members of the Elon community seemed to agree, for the most part.

Senior tour guide Libby Russell said that she likes Palin as a person, calling her “cute.” Her political views are quite different, however.

“She sounded like my mom talking about politics. She’s probably very naïve about the whole political system. She would literally be an idiot if she was vice president,” Russell said.

Russell said that she thought Palin was “literally shaking” and that she seemed nervous.

Junior tour guide Kaitlin Carlin thought that neither candidate “won” the debate, but that Palin did much better than she’d expected.

“Palin came back from her horrible interview with Katie Couric really well, but she kept to the same general sound-bites we’ve heard over and over,” said Carlin.

Biden and Palin set out to make the best possible impressions on American voters during their Thursday night debate. (Photo by Richard Perry, The New York Times)

Biden and Palin set out to make the best possible impressions on American voters during their Thursday night debate. (Photo by Richard Perry, The New York Times)

Junior Brittany Byrd, who thought Biden one the debate because of his directness, agreed.

“The bar was set really low for Palin,” Byrd said.

Senior Mandy Padgett, who works in the Registrar’s office, is a fan of Biden because she thought the points he made were valid and he answered the questions fully.

Padgett’s boss, University Registrar Mark Albertson, had the opposite opinion.

“Palin won, hands down. She relates to the average man and woman who lives in middle America. She demonstrated she is a true reformer, and she is the type of person we need in Washington,” Albertson said.

Twenty-eight percent of those polled preferred to give no response, and 12 percent thought the debate was a tie. Some even expressed that they think there are no winners in debates.

While opinions varied about the credibility of the candidates, the focus seemed to be on Palin, who is still attempting to recover from negative publicity.

A response to Thursday night’s debate from senior Alexa Battey
Captured by Christina Edwards

A response from junior Mandii Bias
Captured by Christina Edwards

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Responses

  1. You have an error in the language used in the lead, but other than that this is a nice start. The poll was a convenience sample of 230 of the approximately 5,000 students and 400 faculty and staff of Elon University. Also be sure to write a headline with keywords like Elon, Palin, Biden, Debate, get the video clip/s uploaded and go through one more time to really smooth out your writing. Also consider adding head-and-shoulders photos of Palin and Biden and possibly adding a graphic to show the poll percentages.


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