Poll: Majority wants Gary Johnson included in debates
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A majority of voters say Libertarian nominee Gary JohnsonGary Earl JohnsonState polling problematic — again Where Biden, Trump stand in key swing states Amash decides against Libertarian campaign for president 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 ClintonDemocratic convention lineup to include Ocasio-Cortez, Clinton, Warren: reports Trump brushes off view that Russia denigrating Biden: 'Nobody's been tougher on Russia than I have' Kanye West 'not denying' his campaign seeks to damage Biden MORE and GOP nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpJoe Arpaio loses bid for his old position as sheriff Trump brushes off view that Russia denigrating Biden: 'Nobody's been tougher on Russia than I have' Trump tees up executive orders on economy but won't sign yet 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.