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Rasmussen: Young Voters Say Trump Won 1st Debate, 24% Say It Changed Their Vote

By Craig Bannister | October 2, 2020 | 1:36pm EDT
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Voters under 40 years old are the only age group to think President Donald Trump won last Tuesday’s presidential debate with Joe Biden – and they’re, by far, the most likely to say the debate changed their mind about who they’re voting for, results of a new Rasmussen survey reveals.

The national survey of 1,000 likely voters, conducted September 30-October 1, 2020, finds that 44% of all U.S. voters think Biden won the debate, topping the 36% who say Trump won. Twenty percent (20%) aren’t sure which candidate won.

But, for voters under 40 who watched the debate, the results are reversed: 43% give Trump the win, 36% say Biden was the victor. Both the 40-64 and 65+ age groups give the nod to Biden.

Younger voters were also far more influenced by the debate than were all voters nationwide who watched the debate. Asked if the debate changed their mind about who they’ll vote for, 24% of voters under 40 said, “Yes” – almost double the 13% national result.

What’s more, the 24% of younger voters say the debate changed their choice for president is three times higher than the 8% of those 40-64 who changed their minds and eight times higher than the 3% of voters 65 and older who changed their vote.

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