By Bonnie K. Goodman
In the first poll conducted after the first presidential debate Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton regains her lead over opponent Republican nominee Donald Trump. In the latest the Politico/Morning Consult poll, released on Wednesday morning, Sept. 28, 2016, Clinton now has a three-point advantage over Trump a reversal from Trump leading Clinton in the last poll. The poll also determined that Clinton won the debate according to voters.
According to the Politico/Morning Consult poll, Clinton has 41 percent support to Trump’s 38 percent. While third party candidates, Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson has 8 percent support and Green Party nominee Jill Stein has 4 percent. Nine percent of voters said the debate altered who they would support.
Although the poll numbers are still within the margin of error, voters are more decisive when it comes to who won the debate on Sept. 26. For the debate, 49 percent believe Clinton won, and only 26 percent say Trump won the contentious first debate. Among those that say Clinton won 18 percent were registered Republicans.
The debate was a rating success like almost nothing in recent television viewing, and 72 voters of respondents in the poll viewed the debate. Among those that watch it, 52 watched the entire debate, and 26 percent would watch it again.
The opinion as to whether NBC News Lester Holt was impartial, the verdict is divisive. Only 42 percent believe Holt was impartial, 27 percent said he was more favorable to Clinton, while only 2 percent said he was more favorable to Trump.
This is the first time that Politico and Morning Consult partnered up for the poll. In the Morning Consult’s last poll Trump led by one percent. Politico has been very biased in the coverage of Trump’s campaign, and it might reflect the polling results. Unfortunately, when the public needs the news media to be neutral they are increasingly partisan, and that is being reflected in the daily coverage, polling, and even debate moderation.