"Who Won The First 2020 Presidential Debate?
We partnered with Ipsos to poll voters before and after the candidates took the stage.
The topline is clear: Americans were not impressed with the president's performance.
Debate watchers were pretty decisive in their verdict of last night's performances: Only about one-third said Trump's performance was "somewhat good" or "very good," and 50 percent said it was "very poor."
Biden's performance was more positively received, with around 60 percent saying they thought he performed well. Respondents gave more mixed grades on how they thought the candidates outlined their policies, but Biden received better marks here, too:
Almost 60 percent said they thought his policies were "somewhat good" or "very good," compared to about 40 percent who said
the same for Trump."
"Going into the debate, each candidate's supporters were already overwhelmingly likely to say they were going to vote, and last night's debate didn't change that."
"Americans' negative opinion of the president's debate performance did not improve an already poor impression of Trump. Going into the debate, more people had a negative opinion of Trump, but after the debate, the gap between Biden and Trump's net favorability (favorable rating minus unfavorable rating) grew even larger, from 26 points to 33 points."