Resources for Impact and Research

A variety of research tools have been used to measure the impact of candidate debates. This section contains studies, polling data and other analysis related to debates.

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English Country: United States

The presidential debates are generally considered the last big opportunity to move voters before the election. They offer rare moments for Americans to do some head-to-head comparison shopping between two candidates on the same stage discussing the issues. And yet, according to the numbers, the debates have done little to change the fundamental structure of recent presidential races. More at NBC News.

English Country: United States

A poll reveals 73 percent of registered voters say they are "very likely" or "somewhat likely" to watch the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton next week. In the Morning Consult poll, 44 percent say they are "very likely" to watch the debate, while 29 percent say they are "somewhat likely." Among other respondents, 13 percent said "not too likely," another 11 percent "not at all likely" and 3 percent "don't know/no opinion." For more information visit UPI's website.

English Country: United States

Nearly a quarter of Americans say the candidates' performances in the upcoming presidential debates may have a major impact on their vote in the November election. ABC News together with our partners at SSRS survey research firm asked our online opinion panel about the upcoming presidential debates, the first of which takes place in just two weeks. For more information, visit ABC

English Country: United States

The first debate between Trump and Hillary Clinton on Sept. 26 will compete against ESPN's "Monday Night Football" telecast of the New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons. The second, on Oct. 4, is up against NBC's "Football Night in America" broadcast of the New York Giants vs. Green Bay Packers. Read more at the Washington Post.

English Country: Jamaica

"Among the findings indicated by post election polls and focus groups, the decision not to participate in the national debate was a fatal error. It contributed to the impression that the party was arrogant and took the electorate for granted. " More information at RJR News.

English Country: Australia

The worm - that mysterious creature beloved of political junkies and hated by politicians that senses the mood of swinging voters - is becoming an endangered species in political debates. Read more at Financial Review. 

English Country: Jamaica

Gayle's findings signal that the PNP, displaying unconcealed arrogance, rubbed Jamaicans the wrong way when it opted out of a leadership debate, at the 11th hour, to which it had agreed. Read more at The Gleaner.

English Country: International

Fair warning to presidential candidates participating in upcoming presidential debates: your inappropriate nonverbal behavior is noticed, and it could overshadow the substance of what you say. Read more at Newswise. 

English Country: Uganda

According to the African Centre for Media Excellence (ACME) 'Media Coverage of the 2016 elections January 2016 findings', the five received more media coverage in January than they did in December. Read more at All Africa.

English Country: United States

If you think the Republican primary debates have been boring, aren't relevant and have done little to shape the course of the primary season, you would be dead wrong... Most importantly, voters are not only tuning in, they seem to be making decisions based on the what happens in the debates. Read more at CNBC.


English Country: Peru

The Economic and Social Research Consortium (CIES, for its acronym in Spanish) co-hosted with the National Electoral Board the three Presidential debates and the programmatic technical debate between Governance Plan teams, during the first round of the Peruvian election and runoff election. The following report higlights information and details about these debates.


Spanish Country: Dominican Republic

Resumen de logros para la Asociación Nacional de Jóvenes Empresarios (ANJE) durante los debates presidenciales en 2016


Spanish Country: Guatemala

Photos and description of activities during AGG's last electoral program.

English Country: Ghana

The Institute of Economic Affairs, IEA, has since the year 2000, Torganised Presidential Election Debates ahead of each of the national presidential elections. In 2008, two debates were carried out. The theme for the debates was “Strengthening the Pillars of Ghana's Democracy”. The first of these debates took place in Accra on th the 29 of October, 2008.