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Hillary Clinton has experienced a slight bump in Morning Consult’s national tracking poll, the first major poll partially conducted after Monday night’s presidential debate.
According to the latest survey, taken Monday and Tuesday, Clinton leads Donald Trump in a two-way matchup with 45% support to his 41% support among registered voters nationally.
In a four-way race including Gary Johnson, the Libertarian nominee, and Jill Stein, the Green Party nominee, Clinton garnered 41% support to Trump’s 38%. Johnson received 8% support and Stein received 4%.
Both outcomes show a small but notable shift for the former secretary of state. A similar Morning Consult poll released Sunday found the Democratic presidential nominee trailing Trump by a single point in a four-way race with Johnson and Stein, while a head-to-head race showed Clinton with a 2-point lead.
Tuesday’s release also showed that survey respondents overwhelmingly believed Clinton bested Trump in Monday night’s debate. According to Morning Consult, 49% of registered voters believed the Democratic presidential nominee won the debate, compared with just 26% who said Trump won the debate.
The poll largely mirrors what some informal focus groups showed immediately after the first presidential debate, which with 84 million Americans tuning in on television garnered the largest TV audience of any presidential debate. A CNN/ORC instant poll, whose sample skewed somewhat Democratic, showed that viewers who watched the whole debate believed Clinton won overwhelmingly.
Historically, those who win the first debate tend to experience a polling bump following their performance.