Debate Expectations Are Low for Romney

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Heading into tonight’s debate, most Americans expect Mitt Romney to perform worse on stage than President Obama. Multiple polls found that by nearly a two-to-one margin, Americans expect Obama to win the first debate this evening.

According to Pew’s polling, 51 percent think Obama will do a better job in the first debate while only 29 percent think Romney will do better. Gallup found similar results. Their polling indicates 57 percent think Obama will do a better job while only 33 percent that Romney will win the debate.

From Gallup:

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This is a mixed bag for the Romney campaign. The fact the Americans think he will lose the debate implies that voters believe he is lacking some important skills. That speaks to a serious underlying weakness. People want a competent and skilled leader.

On the plus side for Romney: since expectations are so low it will be easy for Romney to exceed them. If he merely performs as well as Obama, many will likely view it as impressive.

Debate Expectations Are Low for Romney

Join us tonight on FDL at 6pm ET as Eli Cates hosts a debate watching party

Heading into tonight’s debate, most Americans expect Mitt Romney to perform worse on stage than President Obama. Multiple polls found that by nearly a two-to-one margin, Americans expect Obama to win the  first debate this evening.

According to Pew’s polling, 51 percent think Obama will do a better job in the first debate while only 29 percent think Romney will do better. Gallup found similar results. Their polling indicates 57 percent think Obama will do a better job while only 33 percent that Romney will win the debate.

From Gallup:

Obama vs. Romney in presidental debates.gif

This is a mixed bag for the Romney campaign. The fact the Americans think he will lose the debate implies that voters believe he is lacking some important skills. That speaks to a serious underlying weakness. People want a competent and skilled leader.

On the plus side for Romney: since expectations are so low it will be easy for Romney to exceed them. If he merely performs as well as Obama, many will likely view it as impressive.