PUBLIC OPINION > The Presidential Debates Didn’t Change Much
A lot was made of this year’s presidential debates. They set Twitter records, TV viewership records, and even spawned a couple of memes. But we want to know if the debates actually helped people pick the right candidate, or if it just served as a way for the public to reaffirm what they already thought.
For all the hype that surrounded the debates, they don’t seem to have had much of an impact. Only 17% of the nearly 1,500 people who voted said the debates helped them pick a candidate. The rest said they already knew who they were picking (76%) or they didn’t get the information they needed (7%). But there was still a noticeable difference in how some demographics voted.