More voters think Trump will win debates than Biden: poll

More voters expect President TrumpDonald John TrumpBubba Wallace to be driver of Michael Jordan, Denny Hamlin NASCAR team Graham: GOP will confirm Trump's Supreme Court nominee before the election Southwest Airlines, unions call for six-month extension of government aid MORE to win the 2020 presidential debates than former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenJoe Biden looks to expand election battleground into Trump country Trump puts Supreme Court fight at center of Ohio rally Special counsel investigating DeVos for potential Hatch Act violation: report MORE (D), according to a new poll released Sunday.

In the USA Today/Suffolk University poll of registered voters, 47 percent predicted Trump would come out on top in the presidential debates, compared to 41 percent who said the same about Biden.

Among independents there is a 10-point gap, with 47 percent saying Trump would win compared to 37 percent who said they expected Biden to win.


The first of the presidential debates is set for Sept. 29 in Cleveland, with "Fox News Sunday" host Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceTrump campaign plays up Biden's skills ahead of Cleveland debate: 'He's actually quite good' GOP brushes back charges of hypocrisy in Supreme Court fight Battle lines drawn on precedent in Supreme Court fight MORE serving as moderator.

Voters were less charitable toward the president when it came to his reelection message as presented in last month's GOP convention.

Thirty-seven percent of registered voters surveyed said that the conventions made them less likely to support the president in November, while 33 percent said they were more likely to vote for Trump after watching the conventions.

Trump still trails Biden in most national polls as well as polls of many battleground states.

Some polls, however, have shown the race tightening in recent weeks. Fifty percent of voters said they would support Biden in November in a separate USA Today/Suffolk poll last week, compared to 43 percent who indicated support for Trump.

USA Today/Suffolk University's poll contacted 1,000 registered voters between Aug. 28-31 via landline and cellphone surveys. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.