How presidential debates shape our voting decisions, survey

Carolina Astrain By Carolina Astrain

Oct. 27, 2012 at 5:27 a.m.
Updated Oct. 28, 2012 at 5:28 a.m.

The presidential debates ignited a brushfire of political parley when the candidates first struck swords in early October.

Now, almost a month later, that fire continues to burn.

From the sizes of the flags pinned on their designer lapels to how much of a pushover or steamroller the moderator was a certain night - the presidential debates have stripped off the "inappropriate" label from the subject of politics and have brought volatile issues such as health care, immigration and foreign policies to the dinner table.

How has this election season affected your decisions at the voting booth?

The University of Houston-Victoria, in partnership with the Victoria Advocate, is conducting an anonymous survey about voters' motives and choice behavior.

The goal is to collect data that would assess the reshaping of the country's election process.

Joseph Ben-Ur, UHV faculty member, has amassed data from the last three elections and published scholarly papers from his findings. His articles have been included in Psychology and Marketing and the European Journal of Marketing.



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