Campaigns and elections

The Right Perspective on Debates

Sep 29 '12

Gwen Ifill:

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

Chris Cillizza:

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

Miranda Green:

bq. 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.