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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Do TV Debates Sway Voters?

“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.”
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What Research Reveals About the Impact of Media on Voter Behaviour

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
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India

Presidential Debates Could Decide The Elections in Costa Rica.

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
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Leaders debates: Very few votes change, but do they still matter?

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.
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People Who Tweet During Presidential Debates May Learn More About Issues

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
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Twitter, dual screening and the BBC Northern Ireland Leaders’ debate

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
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TV debates becoming increasingly influential

Televised debates among the five presidential candidates are becoming increasingly influential among voters, impacting opinion polls that reflect their performance the following day. The past three televised debates held April 13, 19 and 23, influenced voters as contenders competed on diverse issues
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South Korea

Theresa May ‘showing contempt for public’ with refusal to debate

Research for the Electoral Reform Society found 56% of voters, rising to 71% among 18-24 year-olds, regard TV debates as important in helping them decide how to cast their ballots. And almost half (46%) think all major party leaders should commit to take part, against just 23% who said there was no
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