Poll: Majority wants Gary Johnson included in debates
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A majority of voters say Libertarian nominee Gary JohnsonGary Earl JohnsonNew Mexico lawmakers send recreational marijuana bills to governor Judge throws out murder convictions, releases men jailed for 24 years On The Trail: Making sense of Super Poll Sunday MORE should take part in the presidential debates, according to a new Morning Consult poll released Thursday.


Fifty-two percent of voters said Johnson should take part in the Sept. 26 presidential debate alongside Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhy does Bernie Sanders want to quash Elon Musk's dreams? Republican legislators target private sector election grants How Democrats can defy the odds in 2022 MORE and GOP nominee Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump mocks Murkowski, Cheney election chances Race debate grips Congress US reentry to Paris agreement adds momentum to cities' sustainability efforts 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.