The Right Perspective on Debates

by John Sides on September 29, 2012 · 15 comments

in Campaigns and elections

Gwen Ifill:

Gallup polls going back decades show precious little shift in established voter trends before and after debates.

Chris Cillizza:

…there are relatively few examples of times in which the general election presidential debates fundamentally altered the course of a race.

Miranda Green:

Presidential debates rarely have much effect on election outcomes.

It’s nice to see these, rather than hype about the debates as “game-changers.”  Maybe political science is “killing the campaign narrative” after all?

UPDATE: Add John Harwood to this list.

UPDATE #2: And Mark Barabak.


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