Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton emerges from the first presidential debate with a five-point lead over her rival in Republican Party Donald Trump in the race for the presidency, having narrowed the enthusiasm gap between her supporters and Trump’s, and holding broad advantages over the Republican nominee as the candidate with the right temperament and preparation for the job, according to a new CNN/ORC poll.
The survey finds Clinton topping Trump 47% to 42% among likely voters with Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson at 7% and Green Party nominee Jill Stein at 2%.
Clinton’s boost in the race stems largely from gains on Trump among men (from a 22-point deficit with that group in early September to just a 5-point one now) and sharply increased support from independents, who broke heavily in Trump’s favor in the early September poll but now tilt Clinton, 44% to 37%, CNN said in a report.
Clinton has even gained somewhat among whites without college degrees, who have been among Trump’s most ardent supporters. She trails Trump by 21 points among that group now, down from a 44-point chasm in early September.
Points that worked in favour of Hillary:
· Trump’s refusal to release this taxes- seen as a sign that he’s hiding something
· Voters are in near-universal agreement, say , that paying taxes is every American’s civic duty.
· Effects of that enthusiasm shift on the makeup of the likely electorate.
· Handling the marquee issues of the economy and terrorism
· Increasing her edge on foreign policy
· immigration issue
· Improving life for racial and ethnic minorities.
· Trump tops Clinton by four points as better able to handle trade with other countries
· Clinton has the upper hand in taxes (48% Clinton to 46% Trump), the criminal justice system (48% Clinton to 45% Trump), ISIS (48% Clinton to 44% Trump).
· Post debate, 59% of likely voters now see him unfavorably, up from 54% in early September
· Clinton’s favorability rating has held fairly steady, standing at 43% favorable to 54% unfavorable.
· The stronger leader: 45% say Clinton is, 43% Trump.
· Clinton has widened her edge as the one with the right temperament for the job, topping Trump by 27 points on that score now, up from a 20 point lead in early September.