The Impact of Debates? It's Debatable

The Impact of Debates? It's DebatableWith the Hillary Clinton-Donald Trump debates upon us, the quadrennial question comes begging: Do these showdowns matter? Hillary Clinton, for her part, needs -– like Trump -– to ease questions about her trustworthiness, as well as to spark greater enthusiasm among her supporters. It will be tough: A review of data since 1960 suggests that past debates have almost never directly and measurably changed the candidates’ relative standings.

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