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: 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: United Kingdom

The findings we have presented show that the 2015 TV election debates performed a crucially important civic role, reaching sections of the population least likely to be touched by the rest of the campaign; helping citizens to acquire the information they need to make meaningful choices; and thereby boosting the electorate’s confidence.

English Country: United States

The presidential debates clearly have been a hit with the public. Nearly seven-in-ten (69%) say they have watched at least some of the televised debates between the candidates. In December 2007 – the most recent election in which there were contested nominations in both parties – just 43% reported watching any of the debates. More information at Pew Research Center. 

Spanish Country: Argentina

DIARIO DE CUYO realizó un sondeo con los lectores bajo una pregunta: ¿Es clave el debate presidencial para definir tu voto?; y las opciones fueron dos: Sí, con el debate defino mi voto y No, es un aspecto más de la campaña.

English Country: United Kingdom

In autumn 2014, during the last few weeks of the Scottish Independence Referendum campaign, researchers at Robert Gordon University explored the Twitter response to three live televised political debates, each of which involved high-profile participants.

English Country: Bosnia

This pre-debate polling was used to convince candidates to participate by showing public interest in debates, as well as to identify issues of concern to help ensure debate questions focused on the most important topics for voters.

English Country: Argentina

"This case intends to help other peer organizations in the region and beyond to understand their potential role in electoral campaigns and provide a toolkit for think tanks’ involvement in the matter. The document presents the context in which the initiative was developed, the strategies that the organization carried out to promote policy debate, a balance addressing internal and external issues, and some lessons we have learned from the experience."

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