There’s been a lot of speculation, opinions and critique over the first presidential debate on Monday and who many have “won”, but the only real winner is the candidate who managed to sway the most undecided voters.
Debates aren’t likely to change the minds of voters who have already committed to a candidate, particularly Donald Trump whose supporters are vastly more committed than Clinton’s, but they are going to influence the undecided voters and they will determine the winner of this election.
It’s no argument that Hillary Clinton is a practiced politician, who can recite policy and sound bites with ease, but in this election year that’s not what most Americans are looking for. For voters who aren’t major donors or part of the wealthy class, policy statements just sound like, “more of the same”. Donald Trump is offering a completely different perspective to voters this year, and has reached millions with his blunt honesty and passionate statements.
In a poll conducted by Breitbart/Gravis immediately after the debates, it appears Donald Trump came out on top in regards to swaying undecided voters to his cause.
Although 95% of those polled did not change their minds at all after the debates, of the 5% that did, the majority went to Trump.
A staggering 34% of undecided voters have committed to Trump, while only 5% decided to vote for Clinton’s vision of America, which is “business as usual”.
Although media pundits are reporting on this year’s election using their standard measuring techniques that they’ve applied in the past, they fail to realize the uniqueness of this year. If it was just another typical presidential election, and the voters were largely satisfied with the direction of our country, then Donald Trump would never have made it this far.
Trump may not be the eloquent, practiced politician that Clinton is, but that’s to his advantage in the eyes of the voters this year. His speeches come across as honest, passionate and drastically different than the typical political rhetoric. That may be all the advantage he needs to cement his lead in the polls going into election day.