By Maharsh Barot, National News Writer
According to a poll conducted by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal, Democratic presidential nominee Hilary Clinton is leading the presidential election by 11 points over the Republican candidate Donald Trump.
Amongst the four candidates, Clinton tops the list at 48 percent, while the Republican nominee comes in second at 37 percent. Bringing up the rear are third party candidates Gary Johnson (Libertarian) and Jill Stein (Green Party) at seven and two percent, respectively.
Conducted immediately after the second presidential debate, the poll seemed to have been influenced by the event. According to NBC News and the Wall Street Journal, 31 percent of those polled said that watching the presidential debates made them more likely to back Hillary Clinton, while 14 percent said the debates made them lean more in Trump’s favor.
The 2016 presidential race has become very prominent in the public eye in recent months, especially with the advent of the presidential debates. The first presidential debate occurred on September 26, 2016 at Hofstra University in New York, and was moderated by Lester Holt, a journalist and anchor for NBC’s Dateline.
Clinton and Trump both talked about topics including how to prevent jobs from leaving the country for overseas, which Trump claimed was at “a higher rate than ever,” according to the New York Times. Clinton stated in response calling for a trade system that “rewards work and not just financial transactions”.
Other topics that were covered included climate change, the US tax system, Donald Trump’s tax returns, criminal justice reform, the Obama birth certificate controversy, and black voters.
Between the first and second debate was the vice presidential debate on October fourth, between Trump and Clinton’s running mates Governor
Michael Pence and Senator Timothy Kaine, respectively. Their debate was moderated by Elaine Quijano, a digital news anchor, and took place at Longwood University in Virginia.
The topics discussed included the Iran nuclear deal, Donald Trump’s tax plan and tax returns, law enforcement reform, the Clinton Foundation, Hillary Clinton’s email leak, abortion, the US economy, and the opinions of Pence and Kaine on the various shortcomings of the presidential candidates.
The second presidential debate, which took place on Sunday, October ninth, was held at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.
The debate was set up in a town hall style,where citizens attend and ask questions, and was moderated by Anderson Cooper, anchor of CNN show Anderson Cooper 360°, and Martha Raddatz, Chief Global Affairs Correspondent for ABC.
The debate took place after 2005 Access Hollywood videos of a lewd conversation between Donald Trump and Billy Bush came to public attention.
According to Time magazine, these tapes may have negatively impacted voters’ impressions of Donald Trump, and consequentially helped Hillary Clinton move up in the polls.
This debate also highlighted many issues and topics. One topic that resurfaced from the last debate was Trump’s tax returns.
Trump acknowledged that he had avoided paying taxes for a number of years. In response to his controversial conversation tape, Trump told the public that it was just “locker-room talk,” stated that he “has great respect for women,” and accused his opponent of victimizing many women.
Hillary Clinton responded by stating that she was a public servant, that Donald Trump was unfit to be president, and that he “owes our country an apology.”
Other highlights of the evening were Hillary Clinton’s email controversy, talks of Bill Clinton’s conduct during his presidency, Islamophobia, the Affordable Care Act, the Syrian crisis, the ideal Supreme Court for each candidate, and what qualities the candidates admired in each other.
One particular audience member stood out amongst the rest after the night was through.
Ken Bone, from Illinois, asked a question on the candidates’ energy policies.
His attire and demeanor became popular with many people nationwide, with much discussion of him on the Internet and on the news as he gained 200,000 new followers on Twitter, according to The Atlantic.
The third and final presidential debate took place at the University of Nevada, in Las Vegas on October 19, 2016. It was moderated by Chris Wallace of Fox News.
The debate covered many of the topics of earlier debates, such as Hillary Clinton’s email leaks, Russia, Syria, and nominees for the Supreme Court. Other topics included Mexico and talks of a proposed wall, US-Mexico border policy, gun rights and abortion.
When asked by Wallace if he would accept the election’s results, Donald Trump said “I will look at it at the time.” He recently made headlines again saying at a rally in Delaware, Ohio that he would accept the results of the election, if he wins.
In the aftermath of the third debate, a CNN/ORC instant poll declared that 52% of debate viewers saw Clinton as the debate winner over Trump, who only polled 39%.
Hillary Clinton’s lead could be influential in the outcome of this 2016 presidential election should it hold, as Election Day looms closer than ever. Polls open nationwide on Tuesday, November eighth.
A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, October 25th print edition.
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