Influence of televised debates on polling in U.S. elections

The statistic shows the influence of televised debates at the polls in U.S. elections.

Change in survey results for future U.S. presidents based on the last TV debate

Year of the U.S. presidential electionGains / losses in poll numbers
JFK ('60)5%
Carter ('76)-10%
Reagan ('80)6%
Reagan ('84)0%
G. Bush ('88)1%
Clinton ('92)-6%
Clinton ('96)5%
G. W. Bush ('00)12%
G. W. Bush ('04)-8%
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Source

Release date

September 2008

Region

United States

Survey time period

1960 to 2004

Special properties

Registered Voters

Supplementary notes

Reading help: John F. Kennedy improved against his opponent by 5 percentage points compared to the previous election poll conducted shortly before the televised debate. Ronald Reagan had a similar improvement in poll numbers in 1984 following a televised debate. In the elections from 1964 to 1972, no debates between candidates were televised.

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