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Focus group votes 8 to 7 in favor of Senator Heller in U.S. Senate Debate

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A statewide televised U.S. Senate debate between incumbent U.S. Republican Senator Dean Heller and U.S. Democratic Representative Jacky Rosen gave the two candidates a platform to share their stance on topics such as healthcare, immigration, gun control, climate change, and more. 

In the end, results show that the 15-person focus group watching the U.S. Senate debate in KLAS-TV Studio B felt that Senator Heller won. The final results saw Heller besting Rosen by a count of 8 to 7.

The focus group was a mix of Republicans, Democrats and Independents ranging in age from 24 to 53 years old. The younger people in the focus group thought Heller had the strongest performance — 75 percent of millennials preferred Heller’s performance. The Gen Xer’s were an even split between the two candidates and the one baby boomer on the panel preferred Rosen’s performance.

Of the 8 undecided voters who thought Heller won the debate, three identified themselves as Republicans and five identified as Independents. The seven who thought Rosen won were two Democrats, three Republicans and two Independents.

Here is a look at the results to the post-debate responses from the focus group:

Nevada U.S Senate Debate Focus Group Results (15 participants)

1. In your opinion, who won the debate with the strongest performance?

  • Dean Heller: 8
  • Jacky Rosen: 7

2. After watching the debate, if the election were today, who would you vote for?

  • Dean Heller: 8
  • Jacky Rosen: 7

3. After watching the debate, what is your opinion of Senator Dean Heller?

  • Favorable: 6
  • Neutral: 4
  • Unfavorable: 5

4. After watching the debate, what is your opinion of Congresswoman Jacky Rosen?

  • Favorable: 6
  • Neutral: 4
  • Unfavorable: 5

5. After watching Senator Dean Heller’s stance on issues, what is your opinion of the Nevada Republican party?

  • Favorable: 9
  • Neutral: 1
  • Unfavorable: 5

6. After watching Congresswoman Jacky Rosen’s stance on issues, what is your opinion of the Nevada Democratic party?

  • Favorable: 6
  • Neutral: 4
  • Unfavorable: 5

Several members of the focus group explained their reasoning behind their decision. 

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