Word on the Street from the Yakkers themselves: The Fox Business Network Republican Debate

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Tuesday night was the Republican’s fourth go-round — and as always, provided political insight as well as endless entertainment. After a night of Freudian slips, constant interruptions, and blatantly ignoring the time limit, who came out on top?

Recent SNL host, Donald Trump, took center stage once again at the Fox Business Network News debate to face off with seven other Republican candidates, all fighting to prove that they have what it takes to be the next Mr. or Ms. President of the United States. Trump is leading both in the polls (marginally) and in terms of overall mentions by Yakkers.

His dominance however, decreased slightly since the last debate two weeks ago — he captured 37.9% of the conversation on October 28, compared to 33.9% on Tuesday night. Trump was followed by Ben Carson, who captured 17.4% of mentions. The biggest change, however, in whom millennials were talking about from the previous debate was Rand Paul, who rose from sixth position, with 6.1% of the mentions on October 28, to third position with 10.4% of the mentions during this debate.

Here’s the breakdown of mentions for all all eight candidates:

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Sentiment, on the other hand, tells a different story. Two candidates were neck-in-neck competing for the lead: Paul was the slight front-runner with 50.7% approval from Yakkers (compared to 19.2% disapproval), while Marco Rubio nipped at his heels with 50% approval (compared to 18.6% disapproval). Carson took third in approval, but was one of the more divisive candidates, as he received the fewest neutral mentions of any candidate. And Trump? He could very well be ‘fired’ soon, coming in with the lowest percentage of approving yaks…

Here is the full sentiment rating from Yakkers:  

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Millennials are getting political, and letting their voices be heard. What will this mean for the future of the 2016 election? Do Rubio and Paul have a shot at the Republican ticket? Will Trump’s disapproval-to-approval ratio eventually catch up to him? Which way will sentiment around Carson go?

Chat with other Yakkers in your local feed, or tune into the Peek tab on November 14th (this Saturday!) for our next debate Yak Chat. This time the focus will be on the Democratic Party – let’s see how their trio of candidates stacks up. In the meantime, check out some particularly interesting yaks from Tuesday’s debate:

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