Poll Context: Thursday night’s Republican presidential primary debate was the friendliest and politest of the Republican debates. The four candidates didn’t call each other names, didn’t talk over each other and didn’t interrupt. Even the Republican Party’s chairman counseled unity and calm.
‘So far I cannot believe how civil it’s been up here!’ Trump marveled during a calm, cool and collected exchange about illegal immigration.
Trump said after the debate that it was a conscious choice: ‘I think it was time to have that kind of debate. I thought it was necessary. It was a good thing.’
So the debate contained a lot more substance and policy that previous debates. The candidates answered the questions and spoke to the audience instead of at each other. So who do you think won the debate?