Donald Trump is sliding in the initial polls conducted after his poor performance this week in the first presidential debate, falling behind Hillary Clinton nationally and in key battleground states after he had closed the gap over the past six weeks.
Clinton has expanded her national lead in the first spate of post-debate polls conducted in the days following Monday’s debate on Long Island. And a series of swing-state polls released over the past 24 hours also shows Clinton ahead, with Trump’s numbers slipping in some of the states.
Clinton’s post-debate bounce — or Trump’s slump — appears to have staked the Democratic nominee to a low-to-mid-single-digit advantage nationally. Most prominently, a Fox News poll released Friday night showed Clinton three points ahead of Trump.
The battleground state polls are also mostly in line with that conclusion, though many come from pollsters who haven’t been in the field in more than a month, making it more difficult to attribute movement to the debate and its fallout.
The evidence suggests Clinton has stunted Trump’s momentum — if not improved her position slightly — at least temporarily. Both national poll averages and more complex Electoral College models show Clinton’s standing on a sustained upswing for the first time since the days after the Democratic convention in late July.
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