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Voters Place More Importance on VP Debate

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Indiana Governor Mike Pence and Tim Kaine, a U.S. senator for Virginia, are set to square off in their first and only vice presidential debate tonight. Voters are a bit more likely to say the debate is important to their vote compared to the previous election, putting it nearly even with the presidential debates in that regard.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 78% of Likely U.S. Voters say it’s at least somewhat likely they’ll watch the vice presidential debate tonight, including 52% who say that’s Very Likely. Twenty percent (20%) say it’s unlikely they’ll watch, but that includes just eight percent (8%) who are Not At All Likely to do so. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on October 2-3, 2016 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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