Local voters expectations of 2nd presidential debate

Female voters considered most prized group of swing voters

Published On: Oct 16 2012 05:52:05 AM EDT   Updated On: Oct 16 2012 10:40:36 AM EDT

Mitt Romney is heading into the second presidential debate leading the president in at least one poll.

According to the latest Gallup survey, Romney leads President Barack Obama by 12 points among men. But it is his surge among women voters that has given him a 4-point overall lead.

With 48% of the vote, he is now neck-and-neck with Obama.

Female voters, particularly the blue-collar 'waitress moms' whose families have been hard-hit by the recession and unemployment, are the most-prized group of swing voters in 2012

The second presidential debate will take place at Hofstra University in New York.
The format for the debate is much different than the first -- it'll be a town hall meeting full of undecided voters.

There's one thing most Democrats and Republicans will agree on... President Obama did not have his best performance at the first presidential debate.

Then there was the first vice presidential debate, where most voters will agree incumbent Joe Biden came on strong. Maybe too strong.

"I think it's been a tale of two debates," UNF political science professor Michael Binder said. "You had the first presidential debate where there was a lot of decorum. There was respect and Obama kind of sat back and took it from Romney. On the other side of the spectrum, you had the VP debate. Biden came out very aggressive, attacks Paul Ryan, continually interrupting each other and that even turned some viewers off.

Binder predicts we will see more modesty from both candidates during tonight's debate.

"I think we're going to see a return to decorum in this next debate, but I also think you're really going to see Obama standing up and trying to be a little more forceful with his points of view," Binder said.

Margie Castro is a young Hispanic Florida voter. She's also undecided. Castro is a voter both sides are vying for.

"I'm going to see if I can change my mind because so far, I don't like any of them," Castro said. "So I'm going to try to see finally if I can like any of the candidates.

Castro, like many other voters, will be tuning in to hear if the candidates go beyond over-discussed topics and address issues that directly affect them.

"You know, I'm looking for solutions to real problems," voter Max Todd said. "But pretty much the same rhetoric that both sides kind of play up, you know, they have to satisfy their base."