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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 John TrumpBiden campaign slams Facebook after thousands of ads blocked by platform's pre-election blackout Mnuchin says he learned of Pelosi's letter to him about stimulus talks 'in the press' Harris to travel to Texas Friday after polls show tie between Trump, Biden MORE or Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenHarris to travel to Texas Friday after polls show tie between Trump, Biden Florida heat sends a dozen Trump rally attendees to hospital Harris more often the target of online misinformation than Pence: report 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. 

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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) WallaceTrump calls Fox 'disappointing' for airing Obama speech Fox News president, top anchors advised to quarantine after coronavirus exposure: report Republican National Committee chair warns of 'most progressive, radical takeover of our country' if Biden wins 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 GiulianiGiuliani associate Correia pleads guilty to making false statements Spies are trying to influence the election — US spies, that is Giuliani goes off on Fox Business host after she compares him to Christopher Steele 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 ClintonHarris to travel to Texas Friday after polls show tie between Trump, Biden Harris more often the target of online misinformation than Pence: report The Hill's Campaign Report: What the latest polling says about the presidential race | Supreme Court shoots down GOP attempt to block NC mail ballot extension 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. 

"While the president has been gaining in approval, Biden’s numbers have stayed about the same going into this all-important debate," Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll director Mark PennMark PennPlurality of voters say U.S. coronavirus measures are not strict enough: poll Exclusive poll: Biden leads in Florida, Pennsylvania and North Carolina Poll: Biden builds bigger lead nationally MORE told The Hill. 

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.