More Americans picked President Donald Trump over former Vice President Joe Biden as the likely winner of the presidential debates, according to the latest USA Today/Suffolk Poll.
The survey, released on Sunday, Sept. 6, shows that a greater share of voters—47%—said that the incumbent president will win the debates than the 41% who said the former vice president will.
Forty-seven percent of the independent voters predicted that Trump will be the winner, while 37% said Biden will.
While 79% of Democrats predicted their presidential candidate will come out on top in the debates, 87% of Republicans said Trump will, USA Today reported, citing the survey.
A Democrat voter in New Jersey said that Biden will win if he “does a good job of fact-checking Trump.”
Trump and Biden are expected to face off during three presidential debates ahead of the general election in November, with the first scheduled for Sept. 29 at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.
The Trump administration made a request to the Commission on Presidential Debates to add a fourth debate, but the commission rejected the request.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in late August advised Biden to stay in the basement and avoid debating Trump, saying that she didn’t think the president “has comported himself in a way that anybody that has any association with truth, evidence, data, and facts.” The Democrat nominee, however, assured that he will face President Trump in the scheduled debates.
The first 2016 debate between Trump and then Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton attracted 84 million viewers, the record for a presidential debate.
The USA Today/Suffolk poll, taken Aug. 28-31 by landline and cellphone, shows that Biden leads Trump by 50%-43% nationally.
But in the latest poll by Rasmussen Reports, President Trump’s approval rating is back up to its pre-coronavirus pandemic high of 52% as of Friday, September 4, matching the level recorded in late February, weeks before the virus lockdowns kicked in.