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Monday, March 25, 2019

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A majority of Americans say Democrat Hillary Clinton won Monday night’s presidential debate, but her performance doesn’t appear to have boosted her level of support among likely voters, according to a Reuters/Ipsos national tracking poll released on Wednesday.

The online poll, which gathered responses from more than 2,000 people on Tuesday, found that 56 percent of American adults felt that Clinton did a better job than Trump in the first of their three televised debates, compared with 26 percent who felt that Trump did better.

U.S. presidential debates have historically been seen as a crucial test of candidates’ poise and policies. They also provide a major platform for the candidates to try to win over millions of undecided voters.

Among those who are expected to take part in the Nov. 8 general election, 34 percent said they felt that the debate changed their view of Clinton in a positive way, compared with 19 percent who said the same of Trump.

Some 31 percent of likely voters said the debate improved Clinton’s chances of winning the White House, while 16 percent said the debate benefited Trump.

Even so, Clinton’s performance seemed to have little impact on her support among America’s likely voters. The poll showed 42 percent supported Clinton while 38 percent supported Trump. Over the past few weeks Clinton has maintained a lead of between 4 and 6 points over Trump.

Narrowing the focus to likely voters who watched the debate, Clinton led Trump 44 percent to 39 percent. The televised face-off attracted a record 84 million U.S. viewers.

Of those who thought Clinton emerged the victor from the debate, 85 percent were Democrats and 22 percent were Republicans.

The Reuters/Ipsos poll is conducted every day in English in all 50 states. Monday’s sample of 2,036 American adults included 1,336 people who were considered to be likely voters from their voting record, registration status and stated intention to vote in the election. Among those likely voters, 1,026 said they watched some portion of the debate on live TV, online or in media clips that were circulated after the debate.

The poll has a credibility interval, a measure of accuracy, of 3 percentage points for the entire sample and the sample of likely voters. It has a credibility interval of 4 percentage points for the likely voters who watched the debate.

(Reporting by Chris Kahn, editing by Richard Valdmanis and Ross Colvin)

Photo: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton gives a thumbs up as she boards her campaign plane in White Plains, New York, United States September 15, 2016, to resume her campaign schedule following a bout with pneumonia.  REUTERS/Brian Snyder

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27 responses to “Most Americans Say Clinton Won First Debate”

  1. Mama Bear says:

    polls are meaningless. What happens at the polling places is all the matters. Be sure to double check that you are properly registered and take some of your time to work for the DNC.

    • Dan S says:

      I also heard that Iowans can start their early voting today. I trust the fine people of that state who got an early look at the candidates in the primary season will vote for the only sensible sane candidate for President in 2016. I understand right after the 1st debate Trump deplorables rigged several instant online polls. As you say the polls are otherwise meaningless

      • Jon says:

        Trump spent the last 2 days telling people at his rallies that he won all the polls including the CBS Poll. There was no CBS Poll. The snap or troll polls are completely meaningless. They are for entertainment only. You can vote as many times as you want for your choice. I guess presidential candidate Trump was so ill-informed he didn’t know that.
        Don’t talk to me about the fine people of Iowa. I live in Iowa and am disgusted with a lot of my fellow Iowans. We have 2 Trump worshipping senators, a representative named Steve King who makes Attila The Hun look like a far left liberal. The Republican governor has dementia on top of tremendous stupidity. Further the polls which I know don’t decide elections but do give an indication of the opinions of those polled have recently been showing Trump ahead by 6 to 8 points. I am doing all I can to get voters to the polls and upset the pollsters.

        • Mama Bear says:

          don’t give up, Jon. Surely Trump is not the future the universe has in mind for the US. Ignorant people are usually the loudest – because they are ignorant and think all it takes is being loud. Cavemen. Trump appeals to them and their “women”. These men are afraid of their own shadows and the women have such low self-esteem they are pathetic. There really is an evolutionary scale and I don’t need to tell you anything about who fits where. Civilization took centuries to build and this group of morons want to take us back at least 500 years. It will not happen. Sorry you have to be in Iowa…I’m in Ohio which is marginally better:)

          • Jon says:

            I grew up around strong independent women. Both my mom and grandmother worked hard and could hold their own with any man. I have never really understood or been able to relate to the Republican women who seemed to be little more than nursemaids for their husbands. I suppose your right about it being low self-esteem. We have a lot of them here. Thanks for your condolences about my being in Iowa. I am originally from Illinois and enjoyed the political climate there more than here. That’s if you don’t count the number of Illinois governors who have gone to prison. Oh well, I will keep working with my fellow Democrats to defeat evil in Iowa.

          • Mama Bear says:

            your mother should be very proud of how she raised you – and if she has passed then she would love to see you now! Evil-gelical men love the sharia law they have created to keep their women in line. That is also part of the equation with women who are not allowed or able to think.

        • Dan S says:

          My apologies didn’t mean any disrespect. I would hope that Iowans getting a closeup look at Trump in person more than other voters would’ve seen thru his BS. I have heard of Rep. Steve King sorry to see him in the House at all.

          • Jon says:

            No apologies necessary. I was expressing my disgust with those Iowans who have made this state unpleasant. I should have started my rant with better wording. If anything, I embarrassed to admit I am from Iowa given the horrible government officials these people have elected. Rep. Steve King is a neanderthal. I am ashamed to be associated with the same state as him every time I hear him speak.
            Trump held a rally in Iowa yesterday. He has added as part of his stump speech a sign that includes the words FOLLOW THE MONEY. He tells his admirers about how crooked Hillary is and then says if you want to know how corrupt she is just FOLLOW THE MONEY. He also has a follow the money hashtag on twitter. I have countered here in Iowa and on twitter telling Trump to Release Your Taxes so voters can FOLLOW THE MONEY.
            Let’s get out the vote to defeat this lunatic.

        • Dominick Vila says:

          A similar situation exists in Florida. Our Governor was found guilty of MEDICARE fraud and his company received the largest fine in U.S. history at the time. Floridians ignored his record and elected him Governor. 2/3 of our state legislature is Republican, and most polls show Sen. Rubio leading by a large margin. Recent polls show Hillary with a slight lead, but judging by the number of Trump yard signs, Trump car stickers, Trump rallies filled to capacity, and kiosks making money selling Trump memorabilia, it takes a leap of faith to trust those polls. I hope South Florida, and a couple of Central Florida counties, have a huge Dem turn out, because otherwise this state, and its 29 Electoral College votes, are going for Trump.

          • Jon says:

            Iowa has a large number of people with a high school education or less. Trump has a large percentage of these voters. The Republican Party has become the dominant party as well. Although Iowa went to Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, the State has more Republicans in office now and there is not the cohesion in the Democratic that seemed to exist before. I hope we can prove the pollsters wrong but I am worried about it.

          • Dominick Vila says:

            A similar situation exists in Florida, but with a twist: senior citizens, who constitute a large percentage of the state population, and who would be adversely affected by GOP policies, are determined to vote for Trump.
            The Democratic party has either given up on Democrats running for State and local level office, or are in a state of denial.
            Hillary has a chance to win the state, but it is much the race is much closer than it ought to be, considering the qualifications, experience, temperament, and the agenda of the two candidates.
            I suspect that certain things are much more important to some people than competence and ability to lead.

    • Meg says:

      Sorry, no one wants Hillary.

      • Mama Bear says:

        I am so sorry for you, Meg. Hillary may not be the best thing that happened to us but I can assure you, Trump is the worst. He is a childish self-centered bore who has not gone past the emotional stage of a 5 year old. A grown man does not act like a 5 year old on the playground. Do you really think an imbecile like that will be welcome on the international stage speaking to Angela May or Angela Merkel? Really? Call her a fat pig? Reference her husband’s infidelity? Really? Do you think that will play well for US? The jobs that will be left when he boots out the aliens will be picking strawberries and mowing grass. American males did not want to stoop to those jobs is why the aliens came in to do them. If this is what you want then you are an ignorant caveman too.

      • Anna Maria Yoakum says:

        Meg – you may not want Hillary but there are many millions of people that do. So your claim that “no one wants Hillary is , like Trumpty-Dumpty would say; “WRONG, THAT’S A LIE -WRONG -WRONG-WRONG!”

      • Thoughtopsy says:

        Alas: Self-evidently a false statement.

      • Box says:

        Everyone is playing dumb, they know “no one” is a figurative and not literal statement, the way we talk. I’ll go further and say no one loves any of the other candidates either. So what?

      • I Am Helpy says:

        as long as you only count white males who dropped out of high school, sure.

      • Meg, you’re in a sorry and pitiful state of mind. Are you capable of saying anything intelligent besides repeating trite and meaningless slogans? You sound as though you’re reading from the equivalent of Chairman Mao’s “Little Red Book” of catchy phrases.

  2. Anna Maria Yoakum says:

    I also take no stock in online polls as they are easily rigged by trolls stuffing the votes. I also think it takes either an idiot or someone who is braindead to actually think Trump won Monday night’s debate. Had I been an undecided his performance would have made up my mind instantly – Vote Hillary !

  3. Bren Frowick says:

    The tracking poll cited, by the article’s own admission, polls EVERY DAY. Which means that only one seventh of the people polled came AFTER the debate. Wait another week, then it might have some credibility. And nobody with two brain cells to rub together could possibly imagine Trump won that thing: she mopped the floor with him…

    • pmbalele says:

      We are told Trump cried all night after the debate. He knew the WH job had slipped from his hands. Did you hear somebody say that “we don’t want children to be President of USA?” I did not say that. But who ever said that she was right. Trump is like a little kid. Trump thinks everything is rigged against him. Trump whined GOP nomination was being rigged against him. He cried until I called his fired campaign manager to stop him from whining. Trump won GOP nomination. Now he is whining that the post-debate polls are rigged against him. I saw the debate from the start to finish. Trump was peeing in his pants – afraid to mention Benghazi, e-mails and Clinton Foundation. The reason is that he himself is engaged in enriching himself with 3 bankruptcies – and stiffing his contractors. Trump did poorly at the debate. Grades are now out. Hillary scored 99% in exam; whereas Trump scored 32%. That is failing grade. Now, everybody is abandoning Trump ship and are going to Hillary. What a day to see Hillary take over from President Obama. Please vote for Hillary.

  4. Box says:

    But wait, arent hearing devices and teleprompters against the rules? Its not a rumor, take a look at the video and explanation of her podium and see for yourself whats going on. So she wins by….cheating? There was already an article about a custom designed podium that I assumed was for her height but it wasnt that.

  5. bojimbo26 says:

    FFS , look , TrumptheTroll won because he has the biggest bluster in the world . /s

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