Immediately after the 2-hour Democratic presidential debate on Sunday evening, news organizations across the country have run their own online polls to gauge who won in the debate. The seventh Democratic presidential debate was hosted by CNN in Flint, Michigan.
According to online polls ran by TIME, International Business Times, and the Detroit News, Vermont senator Bernie Sanders outshone former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Both presidential aspirants are seeking the party’s nomination for this year’s presidential election.
Numbers Don’t Lie
At least three online polls cite Sanders as the winner in Sunday’s CNN debate hosted by veteran news anchor Anderson Cooper. In TIME’s online poll, Sanders won by a landslide, owning 87 percent of the 72,total votes, while Clinton trailed behind with only 13 percent of the votes.
TIME, however, notes that online polls do not necessarily represent the eligible primary votes statistically. But it provides a clearer perspective on the sentiments of the candidate’s online fan base.
In an IB Times poll, Sanders bested Clinton with 55 percent of votes. Clinton, who appeared popular among African-American voters, got 45 percent.
As of writing, the online poll ran by Detroit News shows a whooping 93.75 votes for Sanders, which equates to a total of 49,011 online votes for the senator. Clinton only got 6.25 percent, or 3,269 of the total 52,280 online votes.
One of the main highlights of Sunday’s Democratic presidential debate was when the two aspirants traded barbs on different issues, including the auto-industry bailout, current political matters, and gun control, among others.
Both Sanders and Clinton showed individual positions on issues at hand, which made the 2-hour debate intense. The debate also sounded like a blaming game, especially when Sanders accused his opponent of faulty policies that prompted the transfer of manufacturing firms in Flint, Michigan to someplace else, where labor cost is cheaper. This decision, according to Sanders, has severely affected local economy in the area.