POLL: Here's who voters want to see moderate the presidential debates

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CNN host Anderson Cooper is the most desired journalist to moderate a presidential debate, according to a poll released Monday.

Cooper received the backing of 34% of respondents in the Morning Consult survey, followed by Fox News anchors Megyn Kelly with 25% and Chris Wallace with 22%.

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CBS's Bob Schieffer, who has moderated a presidential debate in the past three elections, finished fourth in the poll with 17%.

Cooper's CNN colleague Wolf Blitzer was the fifth choice of respondents, garnering 16%.

Cooper was the favorite of Democrats and independents, with 40% and 41% backing him as their top choice, respectively.

The leading choice of Republicans, as well as Trump backers, was Wallace, who received 34% of GOP voters' support.

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Journalist Anderson Cooper stands in the Quicken Loans Arena during the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Monday, July 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2016 photo, Moderator Megyn Kelly waits for the start of the Republican presidential primary debate in Des Moines, Iowa. Donald Trump says people who are bullied âgotta get over itâ and fight back. Itâs a message he delivers to Megyn Kelly, the Fox News anchor who sat down with him for an interview months after he savaged her on Twitter and elsewhere. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Fox News Channel debate moderators (L-R), Chris Wallace, Megyn Kelly and Brett Baier, start the first official Republican presidential candidates debate of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign in Cleveland, Ohio, August 6, 2015. REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk
CLEVELAND - JULY 20: CBS News Contributor Bob Schieffer reports from the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio on Wednesday, July 20, 2016. (Photo by Michele Crowe/CBS via Getty Images)
CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 27, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
This Sept. 1, 2013 photo released by NBC shows NBC Political Director Chuck Todd on "Meet the Press" in Washington. NBC News says Todd will replace David Gregory as moderator of "Meet the Press." He begins Sept. 7. Gregory, who has hosted the Sunday morning public-affairs program since 2008, will leave the network. He had been with NBC News since 1995. (AP Photo by/NBC, William B. Plowman, File)
TV host George Stephanopoulos appears on ABC TV's "Good Morning America" in Central Park in the Manhattan borough of New York June 5, 2015. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
Political Director for CBS News, John Dickerson, participates in the CBS News panel at the CBS Summer TCA Tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Monday, Aug. 10, 2015, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

The hosts of the major network Sunday shows did not fare as well in the poll, with NBC's Chuck Todd landing 7% support, ABC's George Stephanopoulos receiving 5%, and CBS's John Dickerson garnering 4%.

In 2012, Schieffer, PBS's Jim Lehrer, and CNN's Candy Crowley moderated the presidential debates, while ABC's Martha Raddatz moderated the vice presidential debate.

The Commission on Presidential Debates will likely be naming the moderators after Labor Day.

Respondents were asked to select their top three choices. A total of 2,007 registered voters were polled.

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