US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton (L) and Republican nominee Donald Trump leave the stage after the first presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hampstead, New York, September 26, 2016. (Photo by AFP)
US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has slightly pulled ahead of her Republican rival Donald Trump after their first debate on Monday, a new poll shows.
According to the Politico/Morning Consult survey released on Wednesday, the former secretary of state was leading Trump by a three-point lead, 41 percent to 38 percent.
Coming in at third was Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson with 8 percent. Green Party’s Jill Stein trailed him with 4 percent.
The poll’s previous version found Trump at the top with a one-point lead before the debate, 39 percent to 38 percent. The two candidates entered the debate with nearly identical numbers in most polls.
During the fiery debate, Clinton accused Trump of racism, sexism and tax avoidance, putting the real estate tycoon on the defensive for much of the 90-minute face-off at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York..
Although both candidates have declared themselves as the winner of the televised event, online polls show mixed results.
In the Politico/Morning Consult poll, 49 percent of the respondents thought the former first lady was the winner, while 27 percent said the same about Trump.
However, 55 percent of the nearly 2 million participants in a survey byTime magazine said the New York businessman won the debate.
Fortune‘s online poll also painted Trump as the winner, 53 percent to 47 percent.
In Fox News’s poll, Trump was voted as the winner at 50 percent, compared to Clinton’s 35 percent.
Overall, major media outlets declared Clinton as the winner in a nearly unanimous vote, while online polls handed the title to Trump.
The debate was held as a large number of protesters gathered outside the venue to demand a seat for third-party candidates Stein and Johnson, who were locked out of the event because of their low polling numbers.
The US Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) requires candidates to reach 15 percent support in an average of five national polls before allowing them on the debate stage, a rule that has elicited much criticism among voters ever since it came into effect in 2000.

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