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October 01, 2012 10:42 AM The Right Perspective on Debates

By John Sides

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?

[Cross-posted at The Monkey Cage]

John Sides is an associate professor of political science at George Washington University.
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