Don­ald Trump-Hil­lary Clin­ton Show­down Breaks TV Records

Fiji Sun - - World News - BBC

The pres­i­den­tial de­bate be­tween Hil­lary Clin­ton and Don­ald Trump was watched by 84 mil­lion peo­ple on US tele­vi­sion, break­ing a pre­vi­ous record set 36 years ago. Jimmy Carter and Ron­ald Rea­gan’s de­bate in 1980 drew 80.6 mil­lion view­ers. The view­ing fig­ures only count those who watched the de­bate on the 13 US TV chan­nels that car­ried it live, mean­ing the true fig­ure may be much higher. Mil­lions are also thought to have watched world­wide through on­line live streams or in bars and at par­ties. The data provider Nielsen said that view­ers stayed tuned through the 98-minute de­bate. Mr Trump told sup­port­ers on Tues­day that he knew the de­bate would have “one of the largest au­di­ences in the his­tory of tele­vi­sion” but he “took a deep breath” and “pre­tended I was talk­ing to my fam­ily”. “You just block it out,” he said. In 2015 the NFL’s Su­per Bowl won the big­gest US TV au­di­ence to date when 114.4 mil­lion peo­ple watched New Eng­land play Seat­tle. There are two more pres­i­den­tial de­bates to come be­tween the can­di­dates - on Oc­to­ber 9 and Oc­to­ber 19 - be­fore the elec­tion on Novem­ber 8. On Oc­to­ber 9, Mrs Clin­ton and Mr Trump will have com­pe­ti­tion for the at­ten­tion of the US; NFL teams the Green Bay Pack­ers and the New York Giants will be play­ing at the same time as the sec­ond de­bate.

Who won?

Overnight polls with small sam­ples were split on who won the first tele­vised de­bate on Mon­day, but more rig­or­ous sur­veys are due in the com­ing days. On Tues­day, Mrs Clin­ton said she felt the de­bate had high­lighted im­por­tant dif­fer­ences be­tween her and Mr Trump. “His de­meanour, his tem­per­a­ment, his be­hav­iour on the stage could be seen by ev­ery­body and peo­ple can draw their own con­clu­sions,” she said. “And I thought on sev­eral oc­ca­sions he was mak­ing charges and claims that were demon­stra­bly un­true - of­fer­ing opin­ions that I think a lot of peo­ple would find of­fen­sive and off-putting. “He can run his cam­paign and present him­self how­ever he chooses, but the real point is about tem­per­a­ment and fit­ness and qual­i­fi­ca­tion to hold the most im­por­tant, hard­est job in the world and I think peo­ple saw last night some very clear dif­fer­ences be­tween us.” Asked how he felt about the de­bate on the tele­vi­sion news pro­gramme

Fox and Friends on Tues­day, Mr Trump said it had gone well, but com­plained that the mod­er­a­tor Lester Holt had not pressed Mrs Clin­ton on her “scan­dals”. He said he felt tempted to bring up “the many af­fairs that Bill Clin­ton had”, but held back be­cause the Clin­tons’ daugh­ter Chelsea was in the au­di­ence. “I may hit her harder in cer­tain ways. I re­ally eased up be­cause I didn’t want to hurt any­body’s feel­ings,” he said. He added that he might “hit her harder” in the next de­bate. Asked whether Hil­lary Clin­ton had got un­der his skin, Mr Trump said “at the end maybe, at the very last ques­tion”. Mrs Clin­ton brought up the case of Ali­cia Machado, a for­mer Miss Uni­verse, say­ing Mr Trump called her “Miss Piggy” af­ter she gained weight. But Mr Trump brushed away her ac­cu­sa­tion said Ms Machado had “gained a mas­sive amount of weight” mak­ing it a prob­lem for the Miss Uni­verse pageants, of which he was the owner. Af­ter the de­bate, Mrs Clin­ton posted a cam­paign video in which Ms Machado de­scribes how she had been treated by Mr Trump.

What do the polls say?

A CNN/ORC poll taken af­ter the de­bate found that 62 per cent of vot­ers who had watched the headto-head thought that Mrs Clin­ton came out on top, with just 27 per cent giv­ing it to Mr Trump. This is based on in­ter­views with 521 reg­is­tered vot­ers cho­sen as part of a ran­dom na­tional sam­ple.

But only 26 per cent iden­ti­fied them­selves as Repub­li­cans while 41 per cent iden­ti­fied them­selves as Democrats. An in­for­mal CNBC poll on its web­site found that 61 per cent of peo­ple thought that Mr Trump won while 39 per cent went for Mrs Clin­ton, but as CNBC it­self points out, the poll is not sci­en­tific - any­one, in­clud­ing peo­ple out­side the US, ap­pears to be able to vo te. A post-de­bate sur­vey by Pub­lic Pol­icy Polling of 1002 de­bate­watch­ers found that 51 per cent of na­tional vot­ers thought Mrs Clin­ton had won, with 40 per cent choos­ing Mr Trump and 9 per cent un­de­cided.

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