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Online debate polls: Are the results representative?

By: Dianne Meppen

According to six of seven online polls I saw the morning after the last Republican debate, Donald Trump was the winner.  There was considerable difference between poll results, however, with Trump receiving anywhere from 24 percent to 43 percent of top votes in the various polls I checked. Pundits didn’t give Trump the resounding victory the online polls did, though.  In fact, there wasn’t much consensus on a debate winner by commentators and political experts.