The 2016 presidential race has been touch-and-go for Hillary Clinton. Luckily for her, a new POLITICO-Morning Consult poll shows she got a small bump since turning in a solid performance during Monday night’s presidential debate against Donald Trump.
According to POLITICO’s “Playbook,” the Democratic candidate is now ahead by three points in the poll’s four-way match up, which included Clinton, Trump, the Libertarian Party’s Gary Johnson, and the Green Party’s Jill Stein.
‘We have a brand-new post-debate poll that confirms Hillary Clinton got a small bump over Donald Trump from her performance. Clinton is up THREE POINTS among likely voters in the POLITICO/Morning Consult poll of the four-way race for president.’
Only 9 percent of the people polled say watching the debate made them change their mind about who they’re voting for. Still, in an election that has Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump running neck-in-neck in key battleground states, every little bit helps.
Even Marcus Hawkins, a conservative columnist, admits that the former secretary of state dominated the debate. He also tweeted a handy screen shot from the POLITICO-Morning Consult poll’s cross-tabs with more detailed breakdowns. If these voters went to the polls today, Clinton wins with 41 percent, Trump gets 38 percent, Gary Johnson takes 8 percent, and Jill Stein (not show in the graphic below) snatches her usual 4 percent. As usual, Donald Trump fares better with white, rural, and Christian evangelical voters while Hillary Clinton’s got the urban, ethnic, and non-Christian vote on lock.
Then again, he’s not exactly a fan of Donald Trump’s.
Voting for Trump simply because he isn't Hillary is like jumping out a window on the 19th floor because at least it isn't the 20th floor.
— Marcus (@MarcusHUSA) May 8, 2016
Here are some other key findings from the POLITICO/Morning Consult poll.
- Hillary Clinton won the debate: 49 percent say Clinton gets the laurels and 29 percent say the Donald won. Tellingly, only 18 percent of Republicans say Clinton beat Trump.
- Lester Holt was viewed as impartial: 42 percent say Holt was fair, 27 percent say he favored Clinton, and 2 percent complain that he favored Trump.
- Voters found the debate engaging: In POLITICO’s words, “voters were riveted.” 72 percent of the likely voters polled watched the debate and 55 percent watched all 95-minutes of it. An impressive 50 percent even said they’d watch it again.
Donald Trump still has an edge over Hillary Clinton with independents, Business Insider points out. The POLITICO/Morning Consult poll was taken online with 1,253 likely voters on Monday and Tuesday with a three-point margin of error.
WATCH: Post-debate polls show Hillary Clinton’s the winner.
— New Day (@NewDay) September 27, 2016
Polling geeks can also look forward to these polls continuing to take the public pulse on current events and issues after the election. POLITICO excitedly announced:
‘This is the beginning of an exclusive polling partnership between POLITICO and Morning Consult. The goal here is simple: We want to make sure Playbook readers know what matters, and what the public thinks — and quickly. Morning Consult is on the cutting edge of online polling, and they turn around their data fast. This is the future of public-opinion surveying.’
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