But viewers strongly felt that Trump was the more aggressive debater on Wednesday, according to the poll. Sixty percent said that Trump was on the attack more than his opponent, with just 23 percent saying that about Clinton.
The network cautioned that it measures a sample of potential voters who watched the debate, as opposed to surveying all voters. That sample skews slightly Democratic, because Democrats are a bit more likely than Republicans to watch the debates.
During the debate, Clinton and Trump clashed sharply on numerous issues, from abortion rights to fitness for the presidency to relations with Russia. In one notable moment, Trump cautioned that better immigration controls were necessary because the U.S. has a lot of “bad hombres” coming into the country, presumably from Mexico.
At another point, Trump parried one of Clinton’s attacks by leaning into the microphone and saying, “Such a nasty woman.” Both lines drew vigorous online reaction.