Skip to Content

Political science professor: Impact of in-person versus virtual campaigning

Remaining Ad Time Ad - 00:00
Biden and Trump

(WQOW) - President Donald Trump plans to visit Kenosha Tuesday to survey damage from the recent riots. With the general election right around the corner, some are wondering about the impact of in-person presidential candidate visits versus virtual ones.

Tuesday's visit will be at least the second visit Trump has made to Wisconsin this year versus former Vice President Joe Biden who has yet to make an in-person appearance in the Dairy State in 2020.

Professor Geoffrey Peterson, chair of the political science department at UW-Eau Claire, said there's no evidence that shows a candidate visiting a state actually changes how people are going to vote.

However, he said there's a small amount of evidence that suggests when candidates do visit a state, it makes people who were already likely to vote for them slightly more likely to vote.

"They get a little energized," said Peterson. "When you think about who goes to a presidential rally, whether it's Democrat or Republican, the people who are going are the people who are already going to vote for the candidate. It's not the undecided people or the people from the other party that show up and want to be convinced."

Peterson said both Trump and Biden have done fewer in-person events than a typical election year, but he believes the consequences may not be as significant due to the coronavirus.

Katrina Lim

Katrina Lim joined the News 18 team in August 2019 as a multimedia journalist. She was born and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey but has lived in all time zones of the contiguous U.S.A.

Skip to content