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Most Democrats Think All Hopefuls, Not Just Some, Should Be in Debates

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Most voters are likely to tune in to the Democratic presidential debates that begin this week, but they think all 24 major hopefuls should be included, not the pared-down 20 now scheduled.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 54% of Likely U.S. Voters believe it is better to include all the candidates in the debate. Thirty-seven percent (37%) agree with the decision to limit participation in the debates to only those candidates who are above a certain threshold in the polls. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on June 23-24, 2019 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.

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