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The consensus is in: Voters overwhelmingly thought Hillary Clinton was the winner of the first presidential debate.
Four polls – from CNN/ORC, Politico/Morning Consult, NBC/SurveyMonkey, and Public Policy Polling – all showed that respondents felt Clinton bested Donald Trump on Monday night at the Hofstra University presidential debate.
In the CNN/ORC instant poll, conducted in the hours after the debate, 62% of respondents said Clinton won, compared with just 27% who said Trump came out on top.
Subsequent polls corroborated the results from CNN/ORC’s immediate survey.
In Tuesday’s Politico/Morning Consult poll, 49% of registered voters thought Clinton won the debate, compared with just 26% who felt Trump came out on top.
A Wednesday NBC/SurveyMonkey poll found that 52% of likely voters thought Clinton won on Monday versus only 21% who thought Trump did, a smaller total than the portion selecting neither (26%).
And a Thursday poll from the left-leaning Public Policy Polling showed Clinton to have been declared the winner over Trump by a 23-point margin, 54% to 31%.
Clinton has experienced a slight bump from her well-received performance. In a head-to-head matchup, Clinton expanded her RealClearPolitics average polling lead over Trump from 2.3 points on Monday to 3 points by Thursday.
Before the slew of scientific polls was released, Trump this week touted unscientific online polls. Such polls, almost always dismissed by professional pollsters and analysts, are not accurate because the sample is made up of self-selecting participants and does not reflect the electorate.
Fox News host Sean Hannity and some of his colleagues nevertheless helped fuel Trump’s narrative by also citing such unscientific online polls, ultimately resulting in a network executive sending out a memo reminding employees that online polls “do not meet … editorial standards.”