Fox News Poll: Clinton Won Debate By Wide Margin

| by Lauren Briggs
Hillary Clinton giving a campaign speech in ArizonaHillary Clinton giving a campaign speech in Arizona

Not only did Hillary Clinton pull slightly further ahead of Donald Trump in a new national poll, but a vast majority of respondents declared her the winner of the first presidential debate.

While the former secretary of state only gained a few points in the Fox News national survey published on Sept. 30, approximately three times as many voters (61 percent) said she was the debate's clear winner, compared to the 21 percent who said Trump was the champion during the Sept. 26 event.

Clinton led Trump in the poll's four-way matchup, with 43 points to Trump's 40, while eight percent of voters backed Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson and four percent said they would cast their ballots for Green Party nominee Jill Stein.

The Democrat's lead over Trump is within the poll's margin of error, though she has pulled ahead of the one-point lead (41 to 40 percent) she had in the previous survey released in mid-September.

Men, independents and whites with and without a college degree prefer Trump, while Clinton leads among women, nonwhites and voters younger than 45-years-old. A near even percentage from each party support their corresponding nominee, with 83 percent of Democrats backing Clinton and 81 percent backing Trump.

Both candidates remain historically unpopular, and only 39 percent of respondents said that will vote out of enthusiasm for their candidate, compared to 57 percent who said they will vote out of the fear that the other candidate could win.

Those backing Trump (60 percent) are somewhat more likely be voting primarily against Clinton, compared to the 52 percent of Clinton supporters voting against Trump.

"Research shows fear is the most powerful emotion when it comes to turnout," said Republican pollster Daron Shaw, one of the individuals who conducted the Fox News survey.  "Hope and anger also cause higher turnout, but fear really gets people to the polls."

Clinton leads Trump by an average of 3.1 points nationally, according to data compiled by Real Clear Politics.

Sources: Fox News (2), Real Clear Politics / Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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