A new NBC News/Survey Monkey poll of debate viewers found that Hillary Clinton defeated Donald Trump 52%-21%, but the big news is that Clinton improved her standing with Democratic voters.
NBC News reported:
Clinton, however, seemed to boost her image among her own party as a result of her performance — 50 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaners said their opinion of her changed for the better as a result of Monday night’s debate.
Trump did not have quite the same effect on his own party. About a quarter (26 percent) of likely Republican and Republican-leaning voters said their opinion of him changed for the better as a result of Monday’s debate. A large majority — 68 percent — said their opinion of him did not change.
Hillary Clinton did exactly what she needed to do at the debate. She needed to bring Democrats home, and it looks like that is what she has done. Clinton has much more upside than Trump as a candidate. She could potentially get into the lower 50s in the popular vote, while Trump has not had a national poll show him with more than 45% support.
Donald Trump is defined. He is not going to sway Republicans or Republican leaners who have not decided to support him yet. Trump didn’t help himself at the debate. Hillary Clinton not only won the debate, but she helped herself with voters within the Democratic Party.
Hillary Clinton is motivating her base, which is what it will take for Democrats to keep the White House in November.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor, who is White House Press Pool, and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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