Now that the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton is over, another debate has begun — and shows no signs of ending anytime soon: Who won? From political pundits, to non-scientific online polls, to social media, opinions are varied.
In a poll conducted for Independent Journal Review by Google Consumer Surveys, respondents were asked the following questions.
Who won the debate? Hillary, by four points:
Should third-party candidates Jill Stein, Gary Johnson, and/or Evan McMullin been included? More than 6 of 10 respondents said “no”:
As of today, which candidate do you support? Donald Trump, by a hair:
Which candidate was most honest during the debate? Again, Trump by a hair:
The survey was conducted nationwide among 1,304 likely voters who watched some or all of the debate.
In addition to the Google Consumer Surveys poll, we took to Twitter and asked people to weigh in:
Ok let's do this.
Who won the debate?
— IJR (@TheIJR) September 27, 2016
The responses were varied:
That was never in doubt, the question is how badly did @realDonaldTrump lose the debate? Bigly bad. It's true. YUUUGELY bad.
— Ryan Cole ?and ??? (@Ryan0666) September 27, 2016
he got killed….it was ugly even some republicans are saying it was terrible
— ScottL.#FinsUp?☘☘☘☘ (@scolegit13) September 27, 2016
it was 2 against one..the criminal bitch just kept rambling unstopped,
— Ekatherine (@Ekatherene) September 27, 2016
different polls indicate otherwise pic.twitter.com/YKc2lsz1eB
— Dallas B (@TheAutivist) September 27, 2016
actually neither of them they both sucked I wouldn't trust Clinton with my last dime. Shes a damn phony
— Cindy P (@CharlieAndMe) September 27, 2016
And so it went. Close opinion poll results. Emotionally-driven comments across the board. It will be interesting to see whether either candidate gets a bump in the presidential polls over the next few days. But one thing is certain: the wild ride is far from over.