What’s wrong with the Presidential debates, and how to fix them

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Study on Presidential Debates
Everyone knows the presidential
debates have gotten worse.
A new study quantifies exactly how
—and what can be done to fix them.

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Debates between Presidential candidates are crucial for democracy, shaping voter perceptions and political discourse. 
But are they working as they should? We analyzed every debate from 2004 to 2020 and found disappointing trends: less substance, more confrontation. Our report offers solutions – simple changes to debate structure, preparation, and technology – to elevate their impact on candidates, voters, and our democracy. Read the full analysis, or Download the PDF

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