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US presidential election 2016

In a remarkable election campaign, the third debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump was the media highlight in the final round of the US presidential election campaign. With the Debat-O-Meter and other event coverage, the debate became an interactive late-night event in Freiburg. But not only the 100 guests attending the event in Freiburg were able to participate. For the first time it was also possible for American viewers to use the Debat-O- Meter from home in the US.

To find the key results of our first comparative study of lab vs home usage of the Debat-O- Meter check our interactive analysis.

You can find video coverage of our debate evening on “Landesschau Aktuell” from 20. Oktober 2016.






EU Referendum: The Great Debate (Brexit)

On June 21, 2016, there was a media “showdown” between advocates and opponents of the “Brexit”. Two days before the British referendum on the UK membership in the EU, six representatives of the “Brexiteers” and the “Remain Campaign” had a live open discussion on BBC One on the advantages and disadvantages of EU membership.

At a public screening of this debate in a lecture hall at the University of Freiburg, audience members were able to evaluate the debate using the Debat-O-Meter on their smartphone or tablet. The main objective of the study was to compare different digital graphical user interfaces (GUI) for the RTR measuring tool.

Are you interested in the results of our experiment? You can find a summary in our analysis.

Our radio report on SWR1 also gives you an insight into the event.



Federal State Election Baden-Württemberg 2016

Pre-election TV debate of the leading representatives of the major parties for the 2016 Landtag election

Three days before the Landtag election, the Debat-O-Meter team held a public screening on March 10 for the pre-election TV debate between the leading representatives of the major parties. The 90-minute debate between the top candidates Winfried Kretschmann (Greens), Guido Wolf (CDU), Nils Schmid (SPD), Hans-Ulrich Rülke (FDP), Jörg Meuthen (AFD) and Bernd Riexinger (Die Linke) was broadcast live in the Audimax at the University of Freiburg. The audience was given the opportunity to evaluate the discussion in real time with the Debat-O-Meter.

You can find interesting insights into the participants’ evaluations of the candidates in our short analysis .

You can also find film coverage of the event and our Debat-O-Meter project in our TV appearance on 3Sat or on “Landesschau Aktuell” on March 11 2016. 

Federal State Election Baden-Württemberg 2016

The debate: Kretschmann vs. Wolf

On January 14, 2016, the CDU's leading candidate and Winfried Kretschmann (Greens) met for a debate on the show " Zur Sache Baden-Württemberg EXTRA" on SWR. In an experiment together with Dr. Marko Bachl from the University of Hohenheim, around 250 people followed the televised debate at the University of Freiburg. The participants of the study were able to evaluate the opponents of the debate in real time using either a physical RTR measuring device or the Debat-O-Meter on the smartphone or tablet. 

If you are interested in finding out the results of our experiment, read our short analysis or our publication in the Journal for Comparative Government and European Policy.

Are you interested in the media coverage of our first Debat-O-Meter event? See our contributions on Landessschau Aktuell Baden-Württemberg” or the commentary by Konstantin Görlich in the Badische Zeitung.

Federal State Election Baden-Württemberg 2016

Panel discussion: On the home stretch - who will represent Freiburg in the state parliament?

At the panel discussion on 28 January 2016 for the 2016 state election, the candidates from the four parties represented in the Landtag (CDU, FDP, Greens, SPD) clashed on stage. The guests, about 300 of them, had the opportunity to evaluate the discussion live with the Debat-O-Meter.

Are you interested in finding out which statements the audience approved of and which they reacted negatively to? Take a look at our review of the discussion.