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Hillary Clinton Dominated the Second Democratic Debate

Presidential debate season is well underway, and with it early speculations about who might win the presidential title come 2016. On cue, CBS News (in collaboration with the GfK Knowledge Panel) conducted a follow-up poll of the Democratic debate on Saturday, hoping to gain insight on who’s currently holding democratic hearts.

The poll sampled debate-watching Democrats and independents with the aim of determining a debate winner. So who won? The numbers point to none other than our girl Hillary Clinton, earning the vote of 51 percent of those polled. We’ve got to hand it to her—Hillary’s proving the power of female politicians, whether we support her politics or not.

For comparison, only 28 percent favored Bernie Sanders, leaving Martin O’Malley in last at 7 percent. The remainder of voters claimed the debate was a tie.

And if you’re wondering what lies behind Hillary’s win, CBS breaks down the debate by issue, highlighting who won what.

According to CBS, Hillary was voted best at being able to handle terrorism, foreign policy and ISIS—issues that have become extremely relevant to voters in the past few days alone. She also led her competition on gun policy (if only slightly). On a more personal level, Clinton was viewed by polled participants as being a stronger leader than either of her Democratic opponents. Sanders, on the other hand, won on matters of income equality, and beat Clinton by a large margin when it came to earning trust from voters.

Of course, regardless of poll results, the best way to decide your own personal winner is to watch the debates yourself—Nothing beats being an independent and informed woman. So get out there and stay well-versed in what matters to you most, because when it comes down to it, your vote is bound to make a difference.

Emily Platt is a former National Contributing Writer, Beauty Editor, Career Editor, and Editorial Intern for Her Campus. She studied at Vassar College and held additional internships at Cosmopolitan.com and MarthaStewartWeddings.com. Emily loves emojis, Beach Body workouts, and her cats. She takes pride in her single mysteriously-white eyelash.
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