Michele Bachmann CBS Debate Performance

Debate Analysis

What if there was a way to measure a debate’s success based upon data collected from social networks and the internet instead of relying upon the opinion of political commentators or journalists…well now there is.
The PoliticIt team diligently spent the evening collecting data regarding each candidate in an attempt to find out who the internet voted to be the winner of last night’s debate.  This blog is focused completely on Michele Bachmann.  If you want to see who won the debate click here.  If you want to see another candidate just click on their name: Mitt Romney, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum.

The PoliticIt team focused on two areas of measurement: Twitter, and Intrade.

The following graphs show whether Twitter activity about Michele Bachmann during the debate was positive or negative for the following Hashtags and @tags: #Bachmann, #MicheleBachmann, @MicheleBachmann, and @Bachmann.

Notice how all of his tags were positive.  This means that the

majority of people on Twitter were saying good things about

Bachmann.  If we average out the values then Michele

Bachmann receives a Twitter score of 3.9.  This puts
Bachmann 6th place with her Twitter Score.

Intrade is a place where people can buy shares in the probability of a candidate winning an election.  If the price of a share goes up then the candidate is doing good, whereas, if the price of a share plummets then a candidate is doing bad.

There was no trading of Michele Bachmann shares during the debate which means that Intrade traders felt the debate had no impact on the probability of Bachmann winning the GOP nomination.

Extra Twitter Stats (approximate):

Top Positive Tweeters Top Retweeters
DrinkBeerN0tTea 5 TickedOffDem 7
byeagle37 3 pinesol 6
LifeDontWasteIt 3 AZTanya 6
blackrepublican 3 HiJCP 5
dannyboi965 3 Peacepox 5

To see how Michele Bachmann did compared to other CBS Debate presidential candidates click here PoliticIt.

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