NEVADA FOCUS GROUP: SANDERS WINS DEBATE 29 TO 5
A tale of two debates, again – Sanders wins with domestic policy and passion; though Clinton is more presidential and stronger on foreign policy
Las Vegas, NV, Feb. 11 2016 – Park Street Strategies (PSS) conducted a live focus group of the PBS Milwaukee Democratic debate in Las Vegas, Nevada. During the focus group, 34 respondents, all likely caucus-goers, live-dialed the entire debate, responding second-by-second to the candidates’ responses, and found that Bernie Sanders won this Democratic debate.
“For this group of undecided Nevada Democratic caucus-goers, it is quite clear that Sanders is the more relatable candidate who cares about everyday Americans. But when it comes to foreign policy and electability, Clinton has the edge,” said Chris Kofinis, CEO of Park Street Strategies.
“If these Nevadans are reflective of what’s going on in Nevada overall, voters are really torn. They love Sanders’ visionary ideas and his focus on economic inequality, yet Clinton’s experience and electability speaks more to their pragmatic side.”
The following are the top five insights from the focus group:
- Who Won: Sanders won the debate by a 29 to 5 margin compared to Clinton.
- Who’s More Electable in November: Respondents were slightly split, with 25 saying Clinton and 9 saying Sanders.
- Sanders Speaks from the Heart: The group agreed that Sanders speaks more from the heart, and that it was evident during the debate. When he talks about issues that affect everyday Americans, he seems genuine, and that’s what these voters wanted to see.
- Best/Worst Dial Scores: Sanders’ answers about the need to provide better benefits for lower-income seniors scored high in the group. His responses on foreign policy did not resonate as strongly as Clinton’s. Clinton’s highest-scoring moment was in one of her answers about immigration reform: “We’re not going to deport 12 million people,” she said. Her lowest moment came after Sanders questioned the influence of Wall Street donations on her candidacy – her response was not enough to overcome the attack, and she deflected.
- Who Won Undecided Voters: After the debate, 16 respondents said they’re now more likely to caucus for Sanders, while 9 said they now will likely caucus for Clinton.
Please note: No candidate, party, or group paid for or was involved in the execution of this Iowa focus group. Park Street Strategies is not affiliated with any candidate or campaign, and has not endorsed or committed to working for any candidate or campaign.