How Social Media Impacted The 2016 VP Debate
The 2016 Vice President Debate took place October 4, 2016 in Virginia. Both, Senator Tim Kaine and Governor Mike Pence made their cases for both their running mates and why they would make the best choice for Vice President.
The interesting thing about both VP candidates is they are both relatively unknown this VP debate is the only one for this election cycle and both men made the most of their time in the spotlight. CNN/ORC poll revealed that Pence won the debate 48% to 42% but what did the internet say? CBS had a great article about the social media stats.
The debate itself was of high interest on Google, which said that its top five trending searches were all related to the debate:
1. Virginia flag +950%
2. Governor Pence +900%
3. Pence +800%
4. Mike Pence +750%
5. Donald Trump Twitter +750%
If we take a look at the photo below, Google shows a bit of a different story then the CNN/ORC poll.
Google searches trended in favor of Senator Kaine at 54% to Governor Pence 46%. Does that tell the whole story though?
Social media expert and President of JRM Comm Jason Mollica told FoxNews.com that he wasn’t surprised by the Kaine search result. “If you look at what people searched for on Google about Mr. Kaine (Who is Tim Kaine? What is Tim Kaine known for? Where is Tim Kaine from?), it’s clear that people don’t know much about him,” he explained, via email. “Mr. Pence has been in the headlines, not only as a VP candidate, but also for his decision to sign the ‘religious freedom’ measure into law in Indiana.”