The final US presidential debate ended on Wednesday with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Democratic rival Hillary Clinton facing off in Las Vegas. The debate, that was moderated by Fox News’ Chris Wallace, span over several issues, including abortion, immigration and the relationship United States shares with Russia.
Trump ended his address refusing to give an assurance that he will accept the November 8 election results. Trump has been claiming over the past week that the elections could be rigged. The remark was termed “horrifying” by his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.
Several polls that were conducted by news organisations and pollsters — CNN, Fox News, Vox, YouGov and RealClearPolitics, among others, stated that Clinton had crushed Trump in the debate.
Fox News, in its poll gave Hillary Clinton a six-point lead over Donald Trump. A week ago, Clinton was leading with seven points. In the latest weekly poll, Fox News said Clinton has a six-point lead over Trump (45-39 per cent). In the head-to-head matchup, Clinton (49 per cent) is leading with seven points over Trump (42 per cent). Clinton’s lead is beyond the poll’s margin of error, the news channel said.
CNN, too, declared Hillary Clinton the winner of the third and final presidential debate, in its first opinion poll of the night. The survey found that 52 per cent of voters believe Clinton won the 90-minute debate on Wednesday night compared to 39 per cent of participants who said that her rival Donald Trump emerged victorious.
According to RealClearPolitics, which keeps track of all major polls, Clinton leads Trump by 6.9 percentage points. Democrats accounted for 36 per cent of voters and 29 per cent of Republican. The survey carried a plus or minus 4 per cent margin of error. Sixty per cent of the debate watchers said that Trump spent the majority of the debate attacking Clinton.
YouGov’s post-debate poll, also shows Clinton winning the third presidential debate. According to their poll, which interviewed 1503 registered voters who watched the debate, Clinton won the debate against Trump by 49 percent to 39 percent. 12 percent said it was a tie.
Vox said, “The third and final presidential debate has ended, and it can now be said: Clinton crushed Trump in the most effective series of debate performances in modern political history.”
The Daily Gazette conducted the polls in a slightly different manner. They conducted the polls whilst the debate was going on and majority of the votes came in which said that Clinton had defeated Trump. “We asked our readers who they thought was winning while the debate was ongoing; we had over 700 respondents, and 65 per cent thought Trump won, while 35 per cent thought Clinton won,” the website said.
Trump tweeted a Washington Times poll in which he won the debate. ‘The Washington Times’, which conducted an online poll, said 77 per cent supported Trump while just 17 per cent backed Clinton.
Clinton also won the Breitbart online poll, according to which she had the support of 59.3 per cent of the respondents, while 40.65 backed Trump. This is interesting because Trump’s campaign CEO is former Breitbart chairman Steve Bannon.
Meanwhile, both the camps declared victory for themselves.