Who won the debate? Take your pick from a menu of instant polls

by WorldTribune Staff, September 27, 2016

With the exception of CNN, the network that for some reason is regarded as “generic” by doctors offices and airports, nearly all snap polls taken after the first presidential debate showed Donald Trump the clear winner.

Most snap polls had Donald Trump winning debate No. 1 over Hillary Clinton. /Getty Images
Most snap polls had Donald Trump winning debate No. 1 over Hillary Clinton. /Getty Images

“Many in the media will probably declare Clinton the winner of last night’s first debate, but many voters will suspect that those articles were written long in advance and tune them out. The polls should tell us very quickly who the winner really is,” writes Fran Coombs, managing editor of Rasmussen Reports surveys, which will reveal their findings about the debate and its after-effects on Sept. 29.

Polls taken by Time, CNBC, CBS New York and the Washington Times – even Slate and Variety – all had Trump as the victor.

Trump acknowledged the result, tweeting: “Wow, did great in the debate polls (except for @CNN – which I don’t watch). Thank you!”

CNN/ORC’s snap poll gave Clinton the win with 62 percent to Trump’s 27.

The Drudge Report’s poll showed Trump with 81.5 percent of the vote to Clinton’s 18.5 percent.

List of snap polls

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