Majority regard Clinton as first debate winner: Poll

Washington, Oct 2: A major of Americans, or 61 per cent, regard Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton as the winner of the first presidential debate, found a new Gallup poll.

Only 27 per cent of Americans think that Republican candidate Donald Trump was the winner at the Monday's debate held at the Hofstra University in New York state, found the poll taken up from September 27 to 28.

Clinton's 34-point lead is on par with her husband and former President Bill Clinton, who won the debate over Republican rival Bob Dole in 1996, Xinhua reported.

Additionally, 59 per cent of independent voters think Clinton prevailed in the debate, the poll showed.

Along the partisan line, 92 per cent of Democrats think Clinton won the debate, while 53 per cent Republicans believe Trump was the winner.

In term of perceptions of the candidates' qualities exhibited at the first debate, 62 per cent said Clinton "had a good understanding of the issues," while 26 per cent said the same about Trump.

A majority, or 59 per cent, said Clinton "appeared presidential" while 27 per cent said so about Trump. Meanwhile, 55 per cent said Clinton was "more likable," while 36 per cent found this about Trump.