Poll: Majority wants Gary Johnson included in debates
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A majority of voters say Libertarian nominee Gary JohnsonGary Earl JohnsonThe Hill's Morning Report — GOP seeks to hold Trump’s gains in Midwest states Gary Johnson launches New Mexico Senate bid Gary Johnson eyeing Senate bid MORE should take part in the presidential debates, according to a new Morning Consult poll released Thursday.

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Fifty-two percent of voters said Johnson should take part in the Sept. 26 presidential debate alongside Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPapadopoulos's wife wants him to scrap plea deal with Mueller: report FBI chief: I'm trying to bring 'normalcy' in 'turbulent times' Senate Intel chief slams ex-CIA director for timing of claims about Trump-Russia ties MORE and GOP nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpNFL players stand in tunnel during anthem, extending protests 12 former top intel officials blast Trump's move to revoke Brennan's security clearance NYT: Omarosa believed to have as many as 200 tapes MORE.

Twenty-two percent said they don't want Johnson to be included on the debate stage, and 26 percent don't know or have no opinion.

Slightly fewer respondents said Green Party nominee Jill Stein should be included in the debates. Forty-seven percent called for her inclusion, with 26 percent saying no.

Third-party candidates need to reach 15 percent support on average across five national polls to make the debate stage.

To be on the debate stage, a candidate has to have at least 15 percent of the average of five selected national polls. 

Johnson is at 7.4 percent and Stein at 3.1 percent, according to a RealClearPolitics average of polls that include them.

Twenty-five percent said the presidential debates will be "very important" when deciding who they will cast a vote for in November. Another 20 percent said the debates won't be important at all.

About 40 percent of voters think Clinton will win the debate, and 31 percent think Trump will.

Two-thirds of voters say they are likely to watch the first presidential debate between the two major party's nominees.

The poll was conducted from Aug. 29 to 30 among 2,002 registered voters. The margin of error is 2 percentage points.

A recent Quinnipiac University poll showed 62 percent of likely voters nationally wanted to see Johnson included in the debates.