As a result of President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney’s performances during the nationally televised presidential debate Oct. 3, Week 2 of the Colonial Café & Ice Cream straw polls in the Fox Valley show a considerable “debate bump” across this traditionally Republican area.
The national Gallup polls on Oct. 8 showed a neck-and-neck battle of 47 percent to 47 percent, recognizing Romney’s gain on the president’s pre-debate lead. Locally, the Colonial Café composite shows the post-debate “bump” in Romney’s favor with 51 percent to Obama’s 41 percent.
Here are the current standings by community across the Fox Valley area through the weekend:
• St. Charles-West – Obama is in the lead with 51 percent to Romney’s 41 percent with 7 percent undecided.
• St. Charles-East – Romney is in the lead with 70 percent to Obama’s 25 percent with 5 percent undecided.
• Aurora – Romney is in the lead with 59 percent to Obama’s 37 percent with 5 percent undecided.
• Elgin – Obama and Romney are neck and neck at 48 percent with 4 percent undecided.
• Naperville – Obama and Romney are neck and neck at 48 percent with 3 percent undecided.
• Crystal Lake – Romney is in the lead with 50 percent to Obama’s 36 percent with 13 percent undecided.
• Algonquin – Obama is in the lead with 63 percent to Romney’s 30 percent with 7 percent undecided.
Colonial Cafe’s first week of straw polling ended Sept. 30, and current polling ended Oct. 7. From week to week, the number of undecided voters reduced by half to 8.15 percent down from 15.9 percent.
For the last 48 years Colonial Café & Ice Cream has conducted its Presidential Sundaes Election Straw Poll.
Voting in this year’s poll began Sept. 24 at all seven Colonial Café locations. The data above is for the week ending Oct. 7. Colonial Café encourages customers who order ice cream to cast a vote.
Tallies are reported weekly through Election Day – Tuesday, Nov. 6 – for voting at each café and for the company as a whole, reflecting the views of the communities and the Fox Valley.
Weekly reports compare local voting to national polls and cite variations in Democratic and Republican leanings.