September 26, 2016

Nearly everyone has weighed in on whether moderators should fact-check the presidential debates: the media, the campaigns, the boss of the organizing commission.

Now, so have the American voters.

In a poll released today by Monmouth University, 60 percent of respondents said that the debate moderators should “fact check a candidate who states false information during the debate,” with only 31 percent saying moderators should “leave it to the candidates to point out any false information stated by their opponent.”

The sentiment was shared by a majority of voters identifying with both parties, even though the share was larger among Democrats than Republicans.

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Trump voters were significantly less likely to approve.

The poll was conducted from Sept. 22 through 25 by a live caller. Monmouth’s presidential polls have an A+ rating from polling website FiveThirtyEight.

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Alexios Mantzarlis joined Poynter to lead the International Fact-Checking Network in September of 2015. In this capacity he writes about and advocates for fact-checking. He…
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