Poll: Debates important to four in 10 voters
New polling from NBC News reflects just how high the stakes will be when President Obama and Mitt Romney walk onto the debate stage Wednesday Night.
Nearly four in 10 voters (38%) say the upcoming debates will be either "extremely" or "quite" important in determining their vote for president. That combined number is slightly higher than when NBC News posed that question to voters in 2004 (31%) and 2000 (36%).
Another 34 percent of voters polled say the upcoming debates will be "somewhat" important to their vote.
Obama and Romney meet in Denver Wednesday evening for their first matchup, which will focus on domestic policy.
The two will meet two other times in October, once in a town hall format, and again in a debate -- which will center on foreign policy.
All four Presidential and Vice-Presidential debates will take place from 8 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. central time, and can be watched on WPSD Local 6.
The NBC News - Wall Street Journal poll was conducted of 1,000 registered voters (300 by cell phone) from September 26-30.