Who won round two of the US presidential debate? It’s too soon to say, as polls seem divided between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump.
According to YouGov’s post-debate poll, Clinton won against Donald Trump by 47% to 42%. She narrowly won undecided votes 44% to 41%. There were 812 registered voters who watched the debate, of which 57% considered Clinton “more Presidential” as opposed to 31% rooting for Trump. However, women thought Clinton won by 50-38%, while men thought Trump won by 46-43%.
An instant CNN poll also gave Clinton about a 20% margin over Trump -- 57% voted for her while 34% for him.
However, in a poll on Fox2 Now, 53% favoured Trump, and 46% choose Clinton about an hour after the debate ended. There were 68,000 respondents by that time.
Clinton didn’t fare better in a poll by NJ.com, with Trump scoring about 60% among 12 lakh voters. The Democrat only polled favourably among 35% of respondents.
The Democrat had largely won the first debate against Trump, appearing more eloquent and collected than her rival. A daily presidential tracking poll for Saturday by the United Press International (UPI) and Centre for Voting Opinion & Trends in Election Research (CVoter) showed Clinton leading Trump by just over 1 percentage point. The Democrat was ahead at 47.47%.
However, Trump seemed better positioned in the second debate that took place in Washington University at St Loius, Missouri early on Monday morning (IST).
After almost 90 minutes of bitter acrimony, the debate concluded on a rather interesting note -- each candidate saying what they admired most in each other.
This was perhaps a win-win for both candidates as Clinton praised Trump’s children for their support to their father, while Trump applauded Clinton for her tenacity.