CNN Instant Debate Winner Poll Say Kamala Harris Won

According to CNN, Harris won 59% compared to Pence's 38%.


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After last night’s VP debate, where Mike Pence absolutely thrashed challenger Kamala Harris, one might be surprised to learn that a CNN poll after the debate showed very different results.

According to the post-debate poll, 59% of Americans think Kamala Harris won, while only 38% believe Mike Pence won.

The only question left to ask is: “Are you kidding me?”

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What debate were those 59% watching last night? 

Kamala Harris managed to channel an unlikability which we thought only Hillary Clinton was capable of.

Daily Mail has more on the CNN poll, and on Frank Luntz's claim that a focus group of undecided voters gave a very different response:

Kamala Harris was declared the winner of Wednesday night's poll by respondents to a CNN Instant Poll, while a focus group convened by Republican pollster Frank Luntz took issue with her 'abrasive' and 'condescending' manner.

Following a 90-minute debate which was largely civilized and thoughtful - unlike last week's presidential debate - 609 voters were asked by telephone for their views, in the CNN-run survey.

Almost six in 10 (59 per cent) said Harris won, while 38 per cent said Vice President Mike Pence had the better night.

The percentage is roughly equal to predictions made by the same voters, ahead of the Salt Lake City showdown.  

Harris, a 55-year-old California senator, found the debate helped her favorability ratings. They rose from 56 per cent before the debate to 63 per cent after.

For the 61-year-old vice president, his remained the same, with 41 per cent approving of him before and after.

The pair had around the same number of people saying they were qualified to be president, were Trump or Biden to become incapacitated: 65 per cent for Pence, and 63 per cent for Harris.  

The CNN post-debate poll was conducted by SSRS by telephone.

Over on Fox News, however, Republican pollster Frank Luntz was delivering quite a different verdict.

Luntz, who has conducted televised focus groups for major news outlets since 1996, was asked by the Los Angeles Times to gather a group of undecided voters via Zoom.

Luntz has mostly worked for Republican clients in the past, but he is not working for any presidential candidate or political party in the 2020 election.

His group felt that Pence won, describing him as composed and calm.

During the debate, he tweeted: 'I might get #cancelled for this, but my undecided focus group doesn't like how Kamala Harris interacts with her opponent.

Meanwhile, an online Drudge poll showed a very different result than the CNN poll.

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President Donald Trump, for his part, thought that Pence was the clear winner.

Many on Twitter seemed to echo the president's sentiment, even going so far as to call Pence's victory a complete annihilation.

You be the judge.


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