By Bonnie K. Goodman
After what was deemed the ugliest presidential debate in history two new polls declared Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton the winner although they say opponent Republican nominee Donald Trump did better than expected. Two news polls released right after the debate a CNN/ORC poll released Sunday evening, Oct. 9, 2016, and then a YouGov poll released Monday morning, Oct. 10, both declared Clinton the winner of the bruising debate, although voters admitted Trump’s performance improved.
On Sunday evening Oct. 9, the two nominees met for the town hall-style second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and moderated by ABC News’ chief global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz and CNN anchor Anderson Cooper. The media deemed the debate as the ugliest in history for the harsh personal attacks between the nominees.
A CNN snap poll determined that 57 percent of viewers believe Clinton won the debate compared to 34 percent that claims Trump won. Clinton’s victory was not as large as for the first presidential debate where 62 percent of viewers claimed she won as opposed to 27 percent who claim Trump. In the GOP nominees favor 63 percent of viewers believe that Trump did better than expected, while 60 percent found Clinton’s performance disappointing. CNN admits that their poll surveyed more Democrats than Republicans to determine their results.
A second poll conducted the “nonpartisan global market research firm” YouGov showed a much tighter race as to who won the debate. According to YouGov, Clinton still won with 47 percent, but Trump was only behind by five with 42 percent of viewers believing he won the debate. Clinton won by the independent viewers with 44 percent saying she won to 41 percent that says Trump won. Clinton won with women with a 12 percent advantage. However, Trump won with the men viewing the debate 46 to Clinton 43 percent. According to the poll, viewers found Clinton more presidential than Trump 57 to 31 percent.