A CNN poll of debate watchers found that Joe Biden won the debate by a margin of 53% to 39% because Trump's attacks were not popular.
The CNN debate watchers poll found that Biden beat Trump between 53% and 39% as nearly half of those polled were shut down by Trump's attacks on Biden. pic.twitter.com/FPfYt23RYI
– Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) October 23, 2020
This is a poll of debate watchers. It is not representative of the country as a whole. And our sample for this debate watchers poll was 32% Democrats and 31% Republicans. The rest independently. So pretty evenly distributed. Perhaps a slightly more Republican sample than we are currently seeing in national polls. With that in mind, Joe Biden was the winner of that debate among those debate watchers. 53% said Biden. 39% said Donald Trump. And I would also like to show you how that compares to the first debate. Joe Biden did not win this debate as much as the first one, according to the debate.
Remember it was 60% to 28%. Now it's 53% to 39%. I also want to show how their positive ratings have or have not changed before and after the debate. Before the debate, he had a 55% positive rating in this group. After the debate, 56%. Basically the same. Donald Trump, 42% ahead of the debate. 41% after the debate. So I think that probably not much has changed in this debate. That the trajectory has not changed much in this debate. We also asked about the attacks, Jake, on the candidate. Were Donald Trump's attacks on Joe Biden fair? Were Joe Biden's attacks on Donald Trump fair?
Look at that. Biden's attacks on Trump said 73% yes, they were fair. Only 26%, a quarter of the debate observers, said no, they were not fair. Very different results when asked about Donald Trump's attack on Joe Biden. Look at that. It's about being split in half. 50% said yes, Trump's attacks on Biden were fair. But 49% of the debate watchers said no, Donald Trump's attacks on Joe Biden were not fair. On the truth display, the attack display, it was definitely a Biden advantage. But even these favorable ratings are not moving. What that means to me is that the race is leaving this debate as it started, which you know is beneficial at the moment, Biden.
After four years of cold and division, most voters crave empathy and compassion. Biden's message is unity, empathy and compassion. Trump couldn't label Biden as corrupt or a radical left.
Trump returned to his 2016 playbook and it failed.
Biden won that debate, and what should worry Republicans most is that Trump can't get more than 39% to 41% support and approval.
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Mr. Easley is the Founder / Executive Editor, White House Press Pool, and a Congressional Correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor's degree in political science. His thesis focused on public order with a specialization in social reform movements.
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