Crossposted at Slugger O'Toole...
New Hampshire, the smallest of the swing states with only 4 Electoral Votes at stake, is an odd candidate to be a battleground state. New Hampshire is relatively rich, overwhelmingly White and very pretty, with more than its fair share of whitewashed churches, traditional Main Streets and wooded valleys which look resplendent in the fall. Granite Staters are famed for a flinty, Yankee, libertarianism enshrined in the state’s official motto, “Live Free or Die” and the fact that the state has neither a sales tax nor an income tax. But this is the Northeast and the sort of social conservatism that plays well for Republicans in many other parts of the country plays badly in a state where same-sex marriage is legal. New England is often said to be the most European region of the United States, and that is reflected in a European-style collapse in religious observance in the region over the past generation or so. Gallup in the mid-2000s found that New Hampshire shared the title of least churchgoing state in the Union with neighbouring Vermont, while the state also has one of the highest populations professing no religious affiliation.
by Gerry Lynch
crossposted at Slugger O'Toole
Poll after poll has confirmed that, in the eyes of the electorate as well as more seasoned commentators, Mitt Romney enjoyed a thumping victory over Barack Obama in the first US presidential TV debate, followed by a definite bounce in general election polling.
Gallup, who have been testing the public response to Presidential debates since 1984, found that Americans said Romney won the debate by 72%-20%, the highest margin ever seen. Even Democrats judged Romney the winner, by a 49%-39% margin. The CNN/ORC international poll carried out on debate evening also found Americans rating Romney as the winner by a whopping margin, in this case 67%-25%.