Donald Trump won one poll he might not have expected after the third presidential debate: The Frank Luntz focus group.
Although Trump won the tally, the focus group was almost evenly divided. Luntz posted on Twitter: “Who won tonight’s debate? 14 say Trump. 12 say Clinton.”
The results are interesting for several reasons. For one, a lot of the pundits on television networks (such as CNN) thought Trump had an awful debate (Trump has criticized CNN as biased.) For another, Trump had trashed Luntz repeatedly in the past, once even calling him a “total clown” with zero credibility in a highly publicized feud.
Luntz responded with a joke.
This time, Trump simply retweeted the good news from Luntz without making gratuitous comments about the pollster.
Trump was winning some other online polls.
Heavy’s online poll showed Clinton winning the debate.
However, those online polls are not scientific, and past online polls mostly showed Trump won the past debates also. Despite that online polling, scientific polls have shown that Clinton’s lead grew since the first and second debates.
Furthermore, two scientific polls taken after the third presidential debate found Clinton the winner. Time will tell how things shake out in other post-debate scientific polls.
Luntz’ focus group thought this was Trump’s best moment:
However, they liked Clinton’s answer on the election system, saying that it showed she had the right temperament for a president.
People liked Trump’s view on the economy and Clinton’s foreign policy experience, Luntz said.
However, people didn’t like it when Trump refused to say whether he would accept the presidential results.
They didn’t like Hillary’s answer on the Clinton Foundation either, though.
Trump certainly dominates the online conversation.
According to The Daily Caller, Trump dominated the conversation on Facebook by being “the topic of 56 percent of the conversation on Facebook during the debate while Clinton was at 44 percent.”