Voters split on whether Trump, Biden will win first debate: poll

Voters split on whether Trump, Biden will win first debate: poll
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Voters are split on whether President TrumpDonald TrumpBaldwin calls Trump criticism following 'Rust' shooting 'surreal' Haley hits the stump in South Carolina Mary Trump files to dismiss Trump's lawsuit over NYT tax story MORE or Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenManchin to vote to nix Biden's vaccine mandate for larger businesses Congress averts shutdown after vaccine mandate fight Senate cuts deal to clear government funding bill MORE will win the first presidential debate on Tuesday, according to a new Harvard CAPS/Harris released exclusively to The Hill. 

Fifty-one percent of respondents said Trump would walk away as the victor, while 49 percent said they believed Biden would be victorious. 

The same survey found that that 62 percent of respondents said they thought the media was "easy" on Biden, while 35 percent said the same about Trump. 


The findings come just one day before Biden and Trump face off for the first time on the debate stage. Tuesday's forum will be moderated by "Fox News Sunday" anchor Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceFauci to appear on Fox Business Friday for rare interview on the network The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump's pre-debate COVID-19 test sparks criticism Bret Baier confirms his 'concerns' about Tucker Carlson's Jan. 6 documentary MORE. The Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University will co-host the event at Cleveland’s Health Education Campus.

The debate is expected to touch on a number of topics, including the coronavirus pandemic, the economy, Trump's Supreme Court nominee, and the fallout over a New York Times investigation that found he paid just $750 in federal income tax in both 2016 and 2017. 

Trump said on Sunday that his personal attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiRudy Giuliani becomes grandfather after son welcomes child Press: For Trump endorsement: The more sordid, the better Former NYC police commissioner to testify before Jan. 6 committee, demands apology MORE and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) are assisting him in preparing for the event. Ron Klain, who ran for Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRepublican Ohio Senate candidate slams JD Vance over previous Trump comments Budowsky: Why GOP donors flock to Manchin and Sinema Countering the ongoing Republican delusion MORE's debate prep, is overseeing Biden's preparations. 

Recent polls have shown a narrowing horserace between Biden and Trump in a number of battleground states as Election Day nears. The same Harvard CAPS/Harris poll showed Biden leading Trump nationally by two points among likely voters. 

The poll was carried out from Sept. 22 to Sept. 24 among 1,314 registered voters. 

It is a collaboration of the Center for American Political Studies at Harvard University and The Harris Poll. The Hill will be working with Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll throughout 2020.

Full poll results will be posted online later this week. The survey is an online sample drawn from the Harris Panel and weighted to reflect known demographics. As a representative online sample, it does not report a probability confidence interval.