Facts and Figures

BY Elizabeth Carlson (’17)

Since the third and final presidential debate took place last week, I thought it would be appropriate to mention the recent polls on the election and some of the fact-checking that goes on during the debates.

Before watching the debate, I did some research on the recent polls from the past week. I looked on Fox News’ website and they said that on October 18, just one day before the debate, Hillary Clinton had a six-point lead over Donald Trump. This was a result that was calculated from Saturday through Monday.

The article went on to analyze who was ahead in gender, race, age, political parties and other demographics. The ones that I thought were significant were the gender gap, race, and the political parties.

There is a huge gender gap between Clinton and Trump. Trump is ahead among men by seven points, while Clinton is up among females by 17 points. Clinton leads by 51 points among non-whites. The percentage of Republicans that support Trump is 80 percent while Democrats who support Clinton total 87 percent.

These numbers are very interesting, and the article I read from Fox News goes more into detail. If you would like to see these poll ratings, here is the link to the article.

After the debate on October 19, I got a notification on my phone about the CNN/ORC Poll. It said that Clinton had won the final debate. The percentage was 52-39.

I’ve recently gotten hooked on fact-checking, where news organizations determine whether a candidate’s statements are true or false. It also amazes me how quickly analysts and fact-checkers work to get the correct information up and out to the American people.

Reading through the fact checks from the CNN coverage of the debate, I took a poll for myself on how many fact checks were true or false for Clinton and Trump. The conclusion that I came to was that a lot of what Trump was saying were false. Clinton had a lot of statements that were true, but some of those statements were also misleading.

For more information and other fact-checking sites you can read an article from NPR and CNN.

funfacts1. The 1980 Carter-Reagan presidential debate was the most-watched in history.
2. Hofstra University is the only school to host presidential debates three consecutive campaign cycles.
3. The bipartisan Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) has managed the debates since 1987.
(Sources: History Channel and Forbes)

Featured Image Credit:

Photo By DonkeyHotey (Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump – Caricatures) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (By DonkeyHotey (Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump – Caricatures) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.


2016-09-30-fyf-elizabeth-carlson-dsc_0057-thumbnailElizabeth is a senior graphic design major and an advertising minor. When she is not in the classroom, she is Assistant Design Editor for The Wood Word, or she is playing for the women’s soccer team at Marywood. 

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