Going into the first Presidential debate, each candidate had their challenges.

For Trump – who is running as a populist outsider – appearing Presidential was a key hurdle.

And while the media was quick to declare Hillary Clinton the victor, one poll showed Trump may have been the real winner of the debate.

Breitbart and Gravis Marketing partnered on a post-debate flash poll to survey Americans’ attitudes about not just who won, but how the candidates were perceived.

The poll gave Clinton the edge on who won the debate, 48% to 43%.

But Trump came out leading 46% to 42% on who was a more plausible President.

Breitbart reports:

Trump won on the most critical factor, on whether Clinton or Trump was more ‘plausible’ as president, 46 percent to her 42 percent,” he said.“That for him is really what this debate was really about,” he said.

 Participants said they thought Clinton had a better grasp of the issues, by 48 percent to his 40 percent.

“What really happened was she won on the issues and he won on plausibility,” Caddell said.

“I was really surprised by this–because it is usually a question that plays well with Democrats–‘Who showed that they care about people like you?’ Trump won that 49 percent to 44 percent for her,” he said.

The question, “Who cares about people like you?” could also be an important one for Trump.

In 2012, although Mitt Romney bested Obama on the key issue of handling the economy, Obama thrashed Romney on the question of, “Who cares about people like you?”

Obama won the question by an 81% to 18% margin.

That is an unheard of gap.

Many attributed it to the Obama campaign and allied Super PACS’ portrayal of Romney as an out of touch plutocrat who enjoyed firing people and torturing his dog on a family vacation.

Many Democrats were licking their chops about running against Trump – an audacious billionaire who tends to flaunt his wealth and success.

But Trump’s ability to personally connect with voters has allowed him – so far – to overcome this stereotype.

Breitbart’s polling also showed that the vast majority of voters are locked into their choice and not going to change their mind.

In the survey, 95% of the voters said the debate had no impact on their vote.

That was backed up by more post-debate polling.

A Politico/Morning Consult survey found Hillary received a statistically insignificant two point increase from a previous poll.

Past history has also shown that bounces in poll numbers from debates quickly recede.

What may be longer lasting is the impression Trump left in the minds of voters that he could plausibly be President.

For a candidate with no military or political experience, it may be the most crucial threshold he’s had to cross.