Rick Santorum CBS Debate Performance

CBS News The National Journal and the South Carolina Republican Party Debate Results

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 Rick Santorum.  If you want to see who won the debate please click on this link PoliticIt.  If you want to see another candidate just click on their name: Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, JonHuntsman, Ron Paul, Rick Perry.

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

Twitter:

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

Notice how all of his tags were positive.  This means that the majority of people on Twitter were saying good things about Santorum.  If we average out the values then Rick Santorum receives a Twitter score of 4.  This puts Perry in 5th place with his Twitter Score.

Intrade:

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.

This is Santorum’s Intrade data during the debate:

At the beginning of the debate Rick Santorum was trading at 40 cents per share.  At the end of the debate he was trading at 50 cents per share.   Overall the debate increased his price by 10 cents or a 25% price increase.  This indicates that traders on Intrade believe that the debate helped the probability of Rick Santorum winning the GOP nomination. 

Extra Twitter Stats (approximate):

To see how Rick Santorum did compared to other CNBC Michigan Republican Party Debate presidential candidates click here PoliticIt.

Top Positive Tweeters Top Retweeters
CatholicLisa 12 CatholicLisa 58
Gabesmom 5 SantorumTwibe 34
hameditor 3 Gabesmom 31
SantorumTwibe 3 mattbeynon 18
Bluebummer 2 Jones2Jenn 16

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  1. Please Note: I am @Bluebummer None of my posts were positive! Please read them:

    Bluebummer Justin Hardesty
    The word froth makes me think of bad things associated with #santorum but the Hot Chocolate is really good!

  2. This was my second post: “Bluebummer
    Justin Hardesty
    @ForeverYogurt The Hot Chocolate is great… but the word Froth brings bad thoughts of things related to #Santorum YIKES!”

    My question now is, how were either of these posts positive for Santorum? Your system is HIGHLY skewed!