Tim Kaine and Mike Pence start out tied in the expectations game, with 38% saying they expect each man to do a better job in Tuesday’s face-off in Virginia, and about one-quarter of voters unsure which one will prevail.
Both Kaine and Pence have the support of a majority of those who back their running mate — 68% of Trump supporters think Pence will carry the day, 64% of Clinton backers say Kaine will.
Results from the same poll released Monday
found that while both Kaine and Pence have positive-leaning favorability ratings, sizable shares of voters still say they don’t know enough to have an opinion of each of them. Overall, their favorability numbers are identical among registered voters: 38% view each favorably, 30% unfavorably and almost 3-in-10 have no opinion of each of them.
Looking ahead to the next time the top-of-the-ticket candidates will meet on stage, in a debate set for Sunday, October 9, more say Clinton will do a better job in that event’s town hall format than think Trump will thrive. Among registered voters, 54% say Clinton is likely to do the better job with that one, 38% that Trump is more likely to succeed.