The meeting was designed as follow up on promises Hon. Vandi made as part of debates in town hall meetings during campaigns for the parliamentary elections in 2018.
“There’s this perception that debates are this great democratic tool, where voters can find out what candidates stand for and how good they really are,” says Vincent Pons, assistant professor of business administration. “But we find that debates don’t have any effect on any group of voters.”
The principal reason that TV debates have limited impact, according to research from Harvard Business School, is that 72% of voters make up their minds more than two months before the election – meaning few people will change their minds by the time candidates are behind the debate podiums.
An analysis of randomised evaluationsconducted across the world allows some insights into the role of the media in improving the quality of political participation. It shows that it is indeed possible to deliver information through the media in a way that positively impacts citizen engagement in the democratic process, and that the magnitude and duration of impact varies by content type and delivery mechanism.
El 57.1 por ciento dijo que un debate presidencial podría ser determinante para su decisión de voto, contrario a un 38.2 %. Independientemente a la preferencia, la encuesta UTEC reveló que Nayib Bukele es el mejor candidato a la presidencia, con el 54.6 %, y el 32.7 por ciento afirmaron que Bukele no pertenece a ninguna ideología.
The main television networks in the country have established the day and time of their debates, which will be held in the hours of the largest television audience to reach the largest number of viewers
Meet the Candidates: Field Experimental Evidence on Learning from Politician Debates in Uganda
During every election campaign, the leaders of political parties go toe-to-toe in a series debates. Often, they get to fire off a few zingers at each other. But the debates don't seem to have much impact on voting.
In a pair of studies, researchers at the University of Missouri’s Political Communication Institute (PCI) found that issue-based tweeting was directly related to acquiring greater knowledge. Additionally, social watching actually helps viewers solidify their beliefs around their chosen candidates. Read more at PsychCentral.
Previous research into ‘dual screening,’ when individuals switch between broadcast media and social media and provide commentary during media events, has suggested that this ‘viewertariat’ is typically a small but vocal minority (Anstead & O’Loughlin, 2011; Vaccari et al, 2015) . My aim here is to add to the limited empirical data on these practices by exploring the preliminary results of a study of how Northern Irish tweeters responded to the BBC Northern Ireland Leaders’ debate on 6th June. For more information, visit Election Analysis.