Monday’s first debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump was supposed to be a turning point in the presidential race. So now that it’s over, what was the impact?
The State asked three related questions on Twitter Monday night: Who did readers think won the debate? Who did they plan to vote for? And did one affect the other?
The results are not scientific.
More than 4,000 people voted in the first poll, and 57 percent of them awarded the first encounter to Trump. That finding is at odds with most expert opinions and some immediate polls that awarded the night to Clinton, although there were certainly voters who agreed with State’s readers who answered the poll, according to focus groups watching the debates in some swing states.
In the second poll, with more than 1,600 votes cast, 66 percent said they plan to vote for Trump in November, with 26 percent opting for Clinton.
National polls say Clinton’s lead — less than 1 percentage point a week ago — has increased since the debate to almost three points. There recent S.C. polls have shown Trumping leading in the Palmetto State by between two and 15 percentage points.
So do the candidates’ debate performances even matter?
Of the 905 votes in the final State poll, a whopping 93 percent said the debate did not shift their vote. However, if you’re one of the 7 percent who did change your mind after the debate, The State would love to hear from you at
The next debate between the two will be Oct. 9 , with the final debate on Oct. 19. Vice presidential candidates Tim Kaine and Mike Pence will debate on Oct. 4.