COPY-AP poll: Public says candidates should debate

Associated Press - September 26, 2008 11:33 AM ET

WASHINGTON (AP) - An Associated Press-Knowledge Networks poll shows the public overwhelmingly wants the presidential candidates to hold their first presidential debate Friday night.

Republican candidate John McCain has said he would not attend the debate unless consensus was reached in Washington over a multi-billion-dollar federal bailout of the financial industry. But according to the AP-Knowledge Networks poll, people want the debate to go ahead by 60% to 22%, with the rest undecided.

Democratic nominee Barack Obama wants the debate to be held.

The same poll shows little support for President Bush's proposed $700 billion rescue package. And though most think a bailout is needed, few think it will work.

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