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Massive TV audience to watch Clinton and Trump debate

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
Massive TV audience to watch Clinton and Trump debate

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will go head to head tomorrow night for their first live TV debate.

With both in a virtual dead heat in the race for the White House, the Democratic nominee’s August advantage has been erased after recent difficulties while Trump is still facing doubts about his qualifications and temperament.

Likely voters are split 46 percent for Clinton and 44 percent for Trump, with Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson at 5 percent and Green Party nominee Jill Stein at 1 percent. Among registered voters, Clinton and Trump are tied at 41 percent, with Johnson at 7 percent and Stein at 2 percent.

In a two-way matchup between the major-party nominees, Clinton tops Trump by 49 percent to 47 percent among likely voters, and the two are tied at 46 percent among all registered voters. 

The tightened race is a reminder of how much will be at stake on Monday night at Hofstra University when the two meet before what could be one of the largest television audiences ever for a presidential debate.

Eight in 10 voters say they plan to watch Monday’s debate, and 44 percent expect Clinton to win vs. 34 percent expecting Trump to come out ahead. 

The findings underscore how much the presidential contest has tightened in recent weeks, after Clinton emerged from the two national conventions with a clear lead and with Trump on the defensive.
Eight in 10 voters say they plan to watch Monday’s debate, and 44 percent expect Clinton to win vs. 34 percent expecting Trump to come out ahead.