Last night, September 29th was the first 2020 presidential debate between Democrat candidate Joe Biden and Republican candidate Donald Trump. The debate last night amassed about 29 million total viewers. Many news outlets are calling the 90-minute Trump-Biden showdown chaotic and out of control, but what did American viewers think?

TapResearch wanted to gauge U.S public opinion on the candidate’s pre and post the debate. We surveyed 1,000 registered voters ages 18-64 who live in the United States. The full results of the pre-debate poll can be found here and the results of the post-debate poll can be found here. 

Here’s how we did it:

The pre-Presidential debate poll targeted 1,000 registered voters aged 18-64 with a single disqualifying question that asked if the respondent was planning to watch the debate. The poll was launched 09/29/20 at 4:45 pm PT and completed in an hour with 781 responses. 

The post-Presidential debate poll targeted 1,000 registered voters aged 18-64 with a single disqualifying question that asked if they watched the debate. The poll was launched  09/29/20 at 8:00 pm PT completed in an hour with 748 responses.

Only 22-25% of respondents in our polls did not or were not planning to watch the debates. Going into the debates 35.72% of respondents were confident Biden was going to win the debate compared to 24.84% of respondents who were confident that Trump was going to win the debate. 

Both our pre and post-debate survey showed that when deciding a “winner” of the debate coronavirus and the economy were the top issues on voter’s minds. 

When the data is broken down by who Americans plan to vote for in the 2020 election, 42% of Trump supporters listed the economy as the most important topic compared to only 12.59% of Biden supporters. 

Our poll suggested that the debate did not heavily sway voter’s support. 63.9% of respondents indicated that their support for a candidate did not change as a result of the debate. However, 9.36% of voters who were unsure changed to supporting Trump, and 15.37% of voters who were unsure changed to supporting Biden.

63.90% of voters indicated that their support for a candidate did not change as a result of the debate.

Both the pre and post-debate polls show that Trump supporters report themselves as “very likely” to vote at higher levels than Biden supporters. Approximately 75-76% of  Trump supporters indicated they are very likely to vote compared to 59-65% of Biden supporters.

About the Poll

TapResearch conducted this survey across its network of random mobile devices. The two polls were conducted on September 29, 2020, with 1,000 respondents each. 

If you’re a mobile marketer or decision-maker and would like to run a similar poll across the TapResearch mobile sample network please contact Michael Sprague at michael@tapresearch.com.

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