Seventy-three percent of registered voters say they’re at least somewhat likely to watch the Sept. 26 debate, including 44 percent who say they’re “very likely” to watch, according to the Morning Consult poll.
Slightly more voters think Clinton will win the televised event over Trump, 37 to 31 percent, while about a third of those surveyed, 32 percent, didn’t know or offer an opinion.
The first of three presidential debates will be held at New York’s Hofstra University and will be moderated by NBC’s Lester Holt. CNN’s Anderson Cooper and ABC’s Martha Raddatz will moderate the second debate Oct. 9 in St. Louis, while Fox News’s Chris Wallace will moderate the final debate Oct. 19 in Las Vegas.
Trump has said he’ll participate in the debates but told The Washington Post last week he didn’t think Anderson Cooper should be a moderator.
“CNN is the Clinton News Network and Anderson Cooper, I don’t think he can be fair,” Trump said.
Cooper gets the highest marks among registered voters surveyed in the Morning Consult poll, including over who voters think will ask the “toughest questions” and who will be the “least biased.
Fully 28 percent think Cooper will do the best job hosting a debate overall, followed by Holt and Wallace, at 15 percent each, and Raddatz, at 8 percent. Thirty-four percent didn’t know or offer an opinion.
The survey of 1,861 registered voters was conducted Sept. 15-16 with a margin of error of 2 percentage points.