Poll: Nearly three-fourths of voters plan to watch Tuesday debate

Poll: Nearly three-fourths of voters plan to watch Tuesday debate
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Almost 3 in 4 registered voters say they plan to tune in to the first presidential debate between President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump defends indicted GOP congressman House to vote Thursday on holding Bannon in contempt Youngkin calls for investigation into Loudoun County School Board amid sexual assault allegations MORE and Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenWhite House: Window for finalizing sweeping budget package 'closing' Jayapal says tuition-free community college 'probably won't' be in spending plan Jan. 6 panel votes to hold Bannon in contempt MORE on Tuesday night, according to a new poll from Monmouth University.

The survey found that 74 percent of respondents plan to watch the debate moderated by Fox News anchor Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceChris Wallace on Colin Powell: He was 'very protective' of his reputation Liz Cheney is the Margaret Chase Smith of our time Sunday shows - Buttigieg warns supply chain issues could stretch to next year MORE, including 78 percent of Democrats, 76 percent of Republicans and 70 percent of independents.

Monmouth also found that despite the high number of potential viewers from all political stripes, just 3 percent say they are likely to change their minds about their vote based on anything said by the two candidates.

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"These results underscore the fact that the audience for these debates are voters who already have a rooting interest in one side or the other. The spin and media framing after the fact is more important for potentially moving the small group of persuadable voters who remain," Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute, said Monday upon the poll's release.

The debate is expected to draw somewhere in the 80 million to 90 million range in terms of viewers.

The first debate between Trump and 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump defends indicted GOP congressman GOP lawmaker says he expects to be indicted over FBI investigation Why it's time for conservatives to accept the 2020 election results and move on MORE drew 84 million, making it the most-watched presidential debate of all time.