No clear winner of second US presidential debate, say online polls

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump shake hands after the second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, on Oct 9, 2016.
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump shake hands after the second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, on Oct 9, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

Online polls immediately after the second presidential debate showed mixed results, but the figures from major media outlets leaned towards a Hillary Clinton win.

US presidential candidates Clinton and Donald Trump sparred on Monday (Oct 10) in the second of three debates in the 2016 presidential election.

Commentators thought Trump,70, performed better in this compared to in the first debate, and some called a win for the Republican candidate, but many others thought Mrs Clinton, 70, was the winner.

Most online polls are non-scientific, vary widely not just in results, but in how they were conducted and the profile of readers who took part. It's not even clear all who voted were human, as Buzzfeed highlighted.

CNN's online poll concluded that Mrs Clinton won the debate but that Mr Trump "exceeded expectations", after polling 537 registered voters who watched the debate in a survey it conducted with Opinion Research Corporation.

Fifty-seven per cent thought Mrs Clinton won while 34 per cent said Trump did.

But Mrs Clinton's winning percentage was lower than the 62 per cent of debate watchers who said she won the first presidential debate on Sept 26.

Buzzfeed's poll, which introduced the online survey with "Robot or human, we want to hear from you!", had 83 per cent favouring Trump. Only 3 per cent said Mrs Clinton won, with 14 per cent voting for the option: "I don't know who won, but I know who lost: America".

Results from a survey by YouGov, an internet-based market research firm, found a narrower win for Clinton than CNN.

Of 812 registered voters it polled, 47 per cent thought Mrs Clinton won, and 42 per cent though Trump did.

Online voters on the website of Fox News, a conservative media outlet, also gave the debate to Mrs Clinton.

A total of 58 per cent thought Mrs Clinton won the debate, while 42 per cent said Mr Trump did better as of Monday afternoon.

Time.com's poll was a tie between the two candidates at 50-50 each.

It was among a number of polls which leaned heavily towards Mr Trump.

Washington Times had Mrs Clinton at 13 per cent, and Mr Trump at 51 per cent; while online readers on right-wing site Breitbart voted for a Trump debate win 93 per cent to 7 per cent.

Markets in Asia rose, a sign that investors are betting that Mrs Clinton will win the race eventually.

Mexico's peso, seen as a bellwether for traders' views on Trump's prospects, also rose, Bloomberg reported.