Saturday night marked round 2 of the Democratic debates. Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Martin O’Malley took the stage to win the hearts and minds of the Democratic party. How did they fare? While perhaps not as dramatic as the GOP debates (almost worthy of an Emmy), the trio of candidates had some fiery exchanges that made for an interesting night. And even though the Saturday evening timing left some Yakkers shaking their heads (helloooo, college football!), they still found time to jump on the CBS Democratic Debate Yak Chat and share their reactions.
In terms of mentions, there was nearly an even split between the two front-runners, with Sanders capturing slightly more of the conversation than Clinton (45.3% vs. 44.1%). Many of the remaining 10.6% of yaks simply wondered who the “third wheel” was:
When it came to sentiment, there was a much more defined gap between candidates. Sanders had the highest approval rating (33.9%), though he saw a similar level of disapproval (35.3%). O’Malley pulled a 30.9% approval rating from Yakkers despite his reduced airtime, with many expressing pleasant surprise at his answers when he was given a chance to speak — and when CBS didn’t cut him off with a commercial break. Clinton was the most polarizing — the majority of her mentions were disapproving (54.0%) and she had just 12.9% approval from Yakkers who found her hard to relate to.
As for the issues, the most-discussed topic of the evening by yakkers was the Democratic vs. the Republican candidates (32.7% of the topical conversation). Foreign policy (21.6%), the economy (16.2%), and education (12.6%) were also top issues:
It was an important night for the Democrats, and continues to show the support many college students feel for Bernie. It’s another month before the next Democratic debate and anything could change by then… Will millennials continue to Feel the Bern? How will Hillary react to her lower approval ratings from youth voters? Will O’Malley still be a part of the mix? Time will tell, but while you ponder — check out these yaks from Saturday night: