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Poll: Americans want a fact-checked debate

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Poll: Americans want a fact-checked debate

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>> And there are just a moderator and two of you on stage. You can run but you can't hide.>> With the first presidential debate tonight, there's been a lot of questions about the role of the moderator. What should Lester Holt do? Should h be a fact checker, should he control the conversation?
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I'm Chris Kahn, Reuters polling editor, and we were asking people what they wanted to see in the first Match up between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. We put the question of people, we found broad support for the moderator to actually be a fact checker. Overall, 72% of American adults said that they wanna see the moderator to control the discussion, and when they heard something that they knew to be untrue, to stop the debate and actually point it out.
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>> Anybody else looking forward to tonight?>>
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>> The role of the moderator has really become a focal point in this campaign, largely because both candidates have a big issue of trust among American voters. I think there's a big interest in should we have referees in this whole campaign process?
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More kind of in-time fact checkers who are gonna be inserting themselves. And actually telling people whether the words that are coming out of the candidates mouth is actually true and reliable. One thing people don't want to see, they don't want to see the name calling, they don't want to see the personal attacks.
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They really want to talk about the issues. They want to learn a little bit more about what the candidates say about education, the economy, the environment, all these big, meaty issues that really we haven't heard as much about on the campaign trail.