Did the First Debate Change Any Minds? Frank Luntz Focus Group Weighs in [VIDEO]

Frank Luntz focus group following first 2016 presidential debate. Credit: CBS News via screenshotFrank Luntz focus group following first 2016 presidential debate. Credit: CBS News via screenshot

A focus group of undecided voters gathered with pollster Frank Luntz on CBS News following the first presidential debate on Monday between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, and while online polls heavily favored Trump and scientific polls highly favored Hillary as the winner, with Luntz’s group it wasn’t even close.

“Who had the biggest impact on your vote?” Luntz asked the group of undecided voters.

Only five raised their hand for Donald Trump, while 16 raised their hand for Hillary Clinton.

“So she comes out the clear winner,” Luntz said.

Some of the comments from group participants were telling, with several saying that Trump missed opportunities to hit Clinton because he allowed her to get him sidetracked.

One funny yet sad part was when Luntz mentioned that the group, which met at the National Constitution Center was surrounded by paintings of great founding fathers like James Madison and Alexander Hamilton.

“Do these candidates measure up?” Luntz asked.

“No!” they shouted in unison, with some even laughing at the question.

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Matthew K. Burke
Matthew K. Burke
A former Washington State U.S. Congressional candidate in 2010, Matthew attended the nation’s first modern day Tea Party in 2009 in Seattle, Washington. He also began writing and blogging that year. Matthew became a Certified Financial Planner in 1995 and was a Financial Advisor for 24 years in his previous life. Matthew was one of the three main writers leading a conservative news site to be one of the top 15 conservative news sites in the U.S. in a matter of months. He brings to PolitiStick a vast amount of knowledge about economics as well as a passion and commitment to the vision that our Founding Fathers had for our Republic.
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