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Poll: Almost half of voters say debates are best gauge of candidate's standing

Almost half of voters believe a candidate’s debate performance is the best way to determine their standing in an election, according to a new Hill-HarrisX poll released on Wednesday.

The survey found 48 percent of registered voters said debate performance is the best measurement of how a candidate is doing in an election, while 41 percent said polls were a better indicator.

Just 11 percent said a candidate’s ability to raise money is the best measure of how a candidate is faring in their run for office. 

The survey comes a day after 12 Democratic presidential contenders took the debate stage in Ohio.

The debate included front-runners former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden to nominate Linda Thomas-Greenfield for UN ambassador: reports Scranton dedicates 'Joe Biden Way' to honor president-elect Kasich: Republicans 'either in complete lockstep' or 'afraid' of Trump MORE, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenDemocrats brush off calls for Biden to play hardball on Cabinet picks What's behind the divisions over Biden's secretary of Labor? Alito to far-right litigants: The buffet is open MORE (D-Mass.) and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocrats brush off calls for Biden to play hardball on Cabinet picks What's behind the divisions over Biden's secretary of Labor? Young voters set turnout record, aiding Biden win MORE (I-Vt.).

The Democratic contenders kicked off the debate by taking aim at Trump over his ongoing impeachment inquiry before later focusing their attacks on Warren in a reflection of her newfound front-runner status.

Several candidates hit Warren over her "Medicare for All" plan, specifically over her proposal to do away with private insurance and refusal to answer questions about whether the plan would include tax hikes on the middle class.

The Hill-HarrisX poll was conducted among 1,001 registered voters between Oct. 11 and Oct. 12 with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

⁠—Tess Bonn