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Joe Biden Suffers Devastating Loss To Donald Trump In Poll Results For First Presidential Debate

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By Favour Adegoke on June 28, 2024 at 7:30 AM EDT

Following a keenly contested debate between the two leading contenders for the US presidency, Donald Trump and Joe Biden, poll results show that viewers believe the Republican party's presumptive nominee won by a huge margin.

The contest, which CNN hosted, left the majority of viewers feeling that former Trump outperformed Biden in the highly charged encounter.

Joe Biden's performance has left the Democrats in "aggressive panic" after he appeared to lose his train of thought for a few seconds and mumbled up words while speaking of his achievements in office.

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Debate Watchers Believe Donald Trump Outperformed Joe Biden

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According to a CNN poll of debate watchers conducted by SSRS, registered voters who watched Trump and Biden go head-to-head in their first presidential debate believe the former president outperformed the incumbent.

However, the majority who watched the debate said it had little or no effect on their decision about who to support.

The poll's findings suggest that 63% of debate watchers think Trump performed better, compared to 37% who thought otherwise. 96% of GOP debate watchers shared that Trump did a better job in the debate, while 69% of Democratic debate watchers think Biden won.

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As it bordered on the ability of both rivals to convince debate watchers about their ability to handle the presidency, 85% of GOP watchers say Trump did well as against a modest 53% who thought Biden did a better job addressing concerns.

Some factions of the debate watchers remained adamant on who to vote for president, with 81% of them saying it did not affect their choice, while 14% said it spurred them into reconsidering their choice but didn't change their mind. However, 5% of them said what they saw from both candidates made them change their minds on who to vote for.

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The Nature Of The Poll Participants

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According to the news outlet, participants in the polls tended more towards GOP sentiments and, as a result, found they were 5 points likelier to be Republican-aligned than Democratic-aligned. Hence, the result isn't a comprehensive representation of the voting public along different political divides.

Trump's performance in the debate seemingly got the approval of more debate watchers, with 48% noting they would vote for the presumptive Republican party nominee, while 40% said they'd only consider Biden. Two percent (2%) of them said they were considering both candidates, while 11% shared that they weren't considering either of them.

A major eyecatcher came as 57% of debate watchers said they have no confidence in Biden's ability to rule the country, while 44% said the same of Trump.

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Conversely, neither candidate scored high on debate watchers, suggesting they are not confident in their abilities. However, 36% still shared that they have a lot of confidence in Trump's abilities, as against an abysmal 14% that said the same of Biden.

What Was The Score On Policy Issues Debated By Donald Trump And Joe Biden?

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According to CNN, the flash poll also delved into some major political topics that have been on the minds of many citizens; however, the poll still doesn't represent the whole voting population spectrum.

On the issue of immigration, 55% of debate watchers favored Trump's projected handling, and over 27% went for Biden. The billionaire politician also scored a winner in the sectors of the economy and foreign policy, as 56% went in favor of him for the economy against 31% who went with Biden, while 47% gave him the advantage on foreign policy over 35% who supported his rival.

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Alternatively, debate watchers favored the incumbent over his contender on the protection of democracy and abortion. 44% of them trust Biden to protect the country's democracy, over 38% who favored Trump, while 42% are in favor of Biden's abortion stand, and 34% sided with the former president.

Biden's support figure before the debate saw a slight downturn as 31% now see him favorably against the 37% who did before the debate. Contrastingly, Trump saw a slight increase as 43% now view him favorably against 40% who did before the debate.

Joe Biden Raised Eyebrows In The Debate

Joe Biden

The democratic candidate left many puzzled by his underwhelming performance at the recently held debate. He appeared to lose his train of thought for a few seconds and spoke incoherently.

The 81-year-old politician also didn't sound convincing enough, speaking in a soft, shaky voice that, according to the New York Post, was caused by a cold he suffered while preparing for the debate.

In one video making the rounds on social media, Biden appeared to stutter as he said he was committed to "making sure we make every single solitary person eligible for what I've been able to do with the COVID, excuse me, with, umm dealing with everything we had to do with" — before pausing momentarily.

He broke the silence a few seconds later, saying, "Look, we finally beat Medicare."

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Not one to pass up a chance to throw a jibe at his rival, Trump replied, "Well, he's right. He did beat Medicare. He beat it to death, and he's destroying Medicare because all of these people who are coming in, they're putting them on Medicare."

Joe Biden Brought Up Donald Trump's Alleged Affair With A Porn Star

Donald Trump

Although the presidential debate started with issues related to their time in office, the pair quickly began taking personal shots at each other.

Biden, who called Trump a "convicted felon," claimed that he has "the morals of an alley cat" while bringing up the several allegations and court cases against the former president.

He said, "The crimes you are still charged with... How many billions of dollars do you owe in civil penalties for molesting a woman in public, for doing a whole range of things, for having sex with a porn star on the night your wife was pregnant. You have the morals of an alley cat."

Trump didn't seem fazed by Biden's remark as he replied that he "didn't have sex with a porn star."

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The jab from Biden comes on the heels of Trump being found guilty in his New York hush money trial of 34 counts of falsifying business records to hide hush money payments made to former adult film star Stormy Daniels.

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