A new Morning Consult poll released Monday morning suggests that there’s a lot on the line for presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump with the first televised debate coming up on the 26th.
According to the Morning Consult‘s report 44% of those polled said they were very likely to watch the first presidential debate. This number is followed by a 29% of people saying it would be somewhat likely that they would watch the first debate. That is a noteworthy 73% of those polled who are likely to watch the first presidential debate.
Both Trump and Clinton’s campaigns are feeling the weight of this first upcoming debate. ABC news reported that both campaigns have two very different approaches in preparation for the debate next Wednesday. While Clinton is vigorously prepping, Trump seems to be doing the opposite.
It has been reported that Trump is not participating in mock-debates, nor is he taken the time to get into the nitty-gritty of policy. Instead of prepping for the debates, Trump has been on the campaign trail and is set to make more stops before Monday’s Debate.
The Clinton campaign is worried about a couple things next Monday. Despite heavily repairing for the debate, one of the biggest challenges the Clinton campaign will face in the upcoming debate is Trump’s unpredictable nature.
The past couple of weeks have been rough for Clinton. She’s faced a lot of negative media attention, starting with her comments referring to half of Trump’s supporters as a “basket of deplorables.” Then she faced more heat when her campaign announced her pneumonia diagnosis after a stumble at a 9/11 memorial service. Not to mention new polls show Trump closing in on the gap and making this a close race. Therefore, Clinton needs this debate to go in her favor and to help her in the polls.
The first debate will be moderated by Lester Holt live from Hofstra University in New York on Monday, September 26th at 9pm on NBC.