Poll numbers have shifted considerably since Monday’s debate. New Hampshire is considered by political analysts to be one of the 11 states that will determine the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, along with Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin. These states have been battleground states in the past two elections, as well.
After Monday night’s presidential debate between GOP nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, a WBUR poll now shows that among voters in New Hampshire, Clinton has rocketed to a seven-point lead. By quite a large margin, voters in New Hampshire also stated that Clinton won the first of three presidential debates.
According to WBUR, the results of their poll are reflective of polls across the country since the debate.
‘The new survey is in line with a number of national and battleground state polls that have come out since Monday night’s debate. They suggest that after watching her sizable post-convention lead over Trump all but disappear, Clinton has put the brakes on her fall and has gained some ground. According to the WBUR poll, in New Hampshire, she now leads Trump 42 to 35 percent.’
According to POLITCO’s poll, Clinton currently leads the polls in eight of the battleground states: Florida, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Wisconsin, Colorado, and New Hampshire. President Barack Obama won the electoral college votes of all 11 states in 2008, and 10 of the 11 in 2012.
Polls at RealClearPolitics also show Clinton’s numbers on the rise since Monday’s debates. Trump’s performance in those debates has been widely panned by both parties’ political leaders and news pundits.
With two debates left and Trump’s reported new campaign strategy of raising the issue of his opponent’s husband’s infidelities (as if that were somehow a failing of his opponent’s and as if Trump hadn’t been publicly exposed as an adulter, as well), Trump’s numbers may fall even further as he focuses on outdated sex scandals that can be thrown right back at him instead of the issues.
After all, the majority of the criticism of Trump’s debate performance was his failure to appear presidential and his clear lack of knowledge about the issues. Deflecting from his inability to answer questions about the issues is unlikely to convince voters other than those who were already voting for him and don’t care that he’s ignorant to do so.
For more on Clinton’s rising poll numbers since Monday’s debate, see video below: