Yes they do!
Some media are holding their own “town halls” where they invite candidates to speak separately!
Before the candidates take the stage the moderators usually take an informal poll asking if the audience feels like they’re worse off than they were 2 years ago. The live audience raises their hands if they agree. Then usually the moderators ask a follow up question as the what factor most influences how they vote, Crime, inflation, abortion or democracy.
Everyone is trying to read the tea leaves!