Elon decides the winner in the debate between vice presidential candidates Sarah Palin and Joe Biden

By Daniel Temple

 

October 3, 2008- The morning after the vice presidential candidates’ debate, 18 students went out to conduct an informal survey as to the winner of the debate.

In total, there were 230 responses that ranged from students, faculty and workers of Elon University.  Of those, 53 believed Sarah Palin won the debate, while 85 said Joe Biden emerged victorious.   27 claimed the result ended in a tie, while 65 either refused to comment or did not watch the debate. 

This graph shows the percentages of the survey results

This graph shows the percentages of the survey results

 

 

The results from this survey would indicate that the majority of the people thought that Joe Biden performed better than Sarah Palin.  

Chris Briggs, an Oaks Residential Area Coordinator, said he thought Joe Biden was the clear winner from last night. 

“His answers were just more coherent and on-topic,” he said.  “Palin tended to only approach questions she wanted to answer, while Biden tackled all questions that were asked.”

 

Chris Briggs, Oaks Residential Area Coordinator

Chris Briggs, Oaks Residential Area Coordinator

 

 

However there were others who were impressed with the way that Palin handled herself.  Capt Vickie Moehlman of Campus Safety and Police, said she came away from the debate last night with a newfound respect for Palin.

“She just talked straight to the people,” said Moehlman.  “She looked right at the camera, kept her composure, and just really connected with middle America.”

Of the 230 total responses, 65 either declined to comment, or simply did not watch the debate.  Courtney Poythress, a program assistant with Campus Safety and Police, said she wasn’t really that interested in catching the debate.

“Obviously it (the debate) wasn’t that important to me because I didn’t really make an effort to watch it,” said Poythress. 

Lisa Fell, a junior and a housing assistant in the Oaks, said she watched the debate, but wasn’t really sure as to who she though won the debate.

“I don’t really know anything about either candidate so I can’t really say,” admitted Fell. 

The survey conducted was a convenience sampling by person, phone and online between 10:50 and 11:30 a.m.  It was only offered to students, faculty and employees of Elon University.  

 

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One Comment on “Elon decides the winner in the debate between vice presidential candidates Sarah Palin and Joe Biden”

  1. Janna Says:

    Nice work getting the graphic together, and a still shot AND the video clip. As always you are out there working to provide a multiplatform experience for your audience! You need to put more specific details in the headline for search engines to find the work. Add in Palin and Biden for sure in the headline. Also, it should be candidates’ debate, not candidate’s debate. Your lead would be stronger if you concentrated on the result or the debate rather than the fact that journalism students did a poll. Who did the poll is not as important as those things. You captured some great storytelling quotations! One more tip for you: go through the story and remove the word “that” in every sentence where it really is not required for readers to understand what you are trying to convey to them. ALWAYS do that when you copy edit your work; “that” is overused by everyone, and you streamline your work when you remove excess words.


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