For what it’s worth, Democratic presidential nominee pretty consistently won his final debate against President Trump, according to most reputable snap polls conducted after the Thursday night showdown in Nashville.
There was also “the unscientific CNN North Carolina ‘undecided voter’ panel” that had “Biden 9, Trump 0, a Draw 2,” notes Josh Jordan. But on Fox News, Sean Hannity posted an online poll that found Trump to be the overwhelming victor of the night — as Eric Trump highlighted.
Debates can matter. Trump’s performance in his first face-off against Biden was so bad, by the next day Jared Kushner was “imploring friendly media personalities and other allies to level with his father-in-law about the angry and aggressive debate style he had displayed,” The Wall Street Journal reports. “Polls would soon show the performance had cost the president support.” Trump’s snap numbers are actually relatively good after his final, more disciplined debate performance, FiveThirtyEight‘s Nate Silver notes. Trump has now lost all five of his presidential debates, Silver added, and it didn’t seem to matter that much in 2016.