July 29, 2016 - Immediate reaction from Michigan political insiders to Hillary Clinton's acceptance speech to the Democratic National Convention is in, and most give Mrs. Clinton a very good grade. In a flash poll taken in the hours immediately following Thursday night's address, 50 percent of pundits polled gave Clinton's speech a letter grade of either an A (30 percent) or a B (20 percent).
Seven and a half percent disagreed strongly and said the speech earned an F, with 7.5 percent giving a grade of D and 15 percent giving her a passing C. 20 percent didn't bother to watch.
Interestingly, of the 66 pundits to respond, 47 percent identified as Republicans, 32 precent as Democrats and 21 precent as Independents.
"The Pundits think Hillary Clinton performed better than Trump in her acceptance speech," Dennis Denno, of Denno Research, said. "It will be interesting to see if she can carry that momentum forward to November 8."
Additionally, the Pundit Poll asked all respondents to the flash poll: In one word, how would you describe this year's presidential campaign?
"Historic" took the lead with four mentions. "Bizzare," "dissappointing" and "painful" all picked up three.
"Not surprisingly with two such unpopular choices for president, the Pundits are pretty down on the whole campaign," Matt Resch, President of Resch Strategies, said. "Mercifully, there are 100 days to go."
The Pundit Poll is a new survey on the latest political news and issues in Michigan. The survey uses emails to collect the compiled and confidential responses from political strategists, consultants, and insiders across Michigan, with the goal of offering an insider’s look at the political issues facing the state. A full list of the nearly 100 pundits in the poll can be found at: www.thepunditpoll.com.
Methodology: This was a Resch Strategies/Denno Research survey of Michigan political experts, pundits, and members of the media. 101 individuals were invited and 66 responded. The survey was emailed Thursday, July 28, immediately following Clinton's address, and the survey was closed Friday, July 29 and 9 a.m.