[INFOGRAPHIC] An Insider Look at the 2012 Conventions

Who stole the show at the Republican and Democratic National Conventions?  

While the Beltway may be placing its bet on Obama, he was not the star of the show at last week’s Democratic National Convention.

That honor went instead to former President Bill Clinton, who was named the top speaker of either party’s national convention by 44 percent of inside-the-Beltway policy elites, according to Edelman Berland’s latest Beltway Barometer survey. But 60 percent of Beltway insiders expect Obama to be reelected in November.

Finishing a distant second to Clinton for the best speech of the conventions was former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, with 11 percent, followed by Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan. President Obama and challenger Mitt Romney both ranked near the bottom.

The Beltway Barometer: An Insider Look at the 2012 Conventions

The survey, which fielded September 7-10, 2012, comes on the heels of a column by Chris Cillizza of Washington Post’s “The Fix,” who named Clinton the best speech of the convention.

Edelman Berland’s Beltway Barometer surveys 400 of the most politically elite, influential and engaged citizens in the Washington, DC area, with 200 respondents per party.

Beltway insiders’ prediction of an Obama victory tracks closely with Gallup survey data, which shows 58 percent of the American public expect Obama to win in November.

Jennifer Myers is Research Director in Edelman Berland’s DC office and is director of the Beltway Barometer.