THE FIRST OF three televised debates between the two US presidential nominees took place last night – but which candidate would Ireland elect as leader of the most powerful country on earth?
In a poll conducted by Claire Byrne Live/Amárach for TheJournal.ie, just 6% of the 1,000 people polled would choose Trump as US president.
This includes one in every 10 men polled, and just 3% of women polled.
The poll also has Hillary Clinton winning 78% of the Irish vote – three out of every four men polled, and 81% of women.
A sizeable proportion – 16% said they don’t know, a segment split evenly enough between males (15%) and females (16%).
While the Irish at home are firmly supporting Hillary Clinton – whose husband Bill was instrumental in the Northern peace process during his presidency, clearly not all of the Irish diaspora agrees.
According to a poll run by Irish diaspora site Irish Central, 63% (2,225 voters) said Donald Trump won the first round of last night’s presidential debate, while 32% said Hillary Clinton had the upper hand.
Clinton was also adjudged to have won by the markets, which rallied following her strong showing.
In a snap CNN poll of 521 voters, 62% judged that Clinton had won the debate against 27% for Trump, with most mainstream political analysts agreeing Clinton was the stronger performer.
Yet 61% of voters in a CNBC poll thought that Trump had carried the debate, indicating the polarisation at the heart of the debate.