Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton was on Monday projected as the “clear winner” of the second US presidential debate but her Republican rival Donald Trump “exceeded expectations”, a CNN poll said.
The CNN/ORC poll of debate watchers said Clinton was the clear winner in the debate, with 57 percent saying Clinton won as opposed to 34 percent for Trump, reports BSS.
CNN said it was a strong showing for the 68-year-old former secretary of state, but not as good as her performance at the first presidential debate when 62 percent of debate watchers said she won.
Democratic US presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican US presidential nominee Donald Trump during their presidential town hall debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, US
A CNN/ORC poll conducted after the September 27 showdown between the two presidential nominees in the first of the three debates had also shown Clinton as the clear winner, with nearly 62 percent of voters supporting her as compared to Trump, who was deemed winner by only 27 per cent.
The results also track closely with watchers’ pre-debate preference. Fifty-eight per cent of debate watchers said they were supporting Clinton before the debate.