Yakkers Take On The CNBC Republican Debate

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Wednesday night’s Republican debate made for a gripping night of television. The nation tuned in to CNBC to watch the early polling leader, Donald Trump, go head-to-head (to head… to head…) with nine other candidates, all vying for the title of POTUS.

While the candidates (and moderators…) battled it out on the stage in Boulder, Yakkers jumped onto their local Yik Yak feeds – and the app-wide Yak Chat in the Peek tab – to voice their opinions during the debate. Yaks ranged from supporting a candidate, to reacting to a heated point of discussion (Fantasy Football, anyone?), to asking questions about topics that matter most to them.

So which candidate “won” the debate on Yik Yak? If you’re of the camp that recognition leads to votes, then Donald Trump jumped to a heavy lead. Among yaks that mentioned one of the candidates, Trump was in a whopping 37.9% compared to Ben Carson, who raked in 11.1% of total mentions. Ted Cruz (9.3%), Marco Rubio (8.8%), and Jeb Bush (8.5%) trailed behind to round out the top 5. (Did Cruz and Rubio get a jump from their scuffle with the moderators? Was Bush helped by all that all that talk of giving warm kisses?)

Here’s how all 10 stacked up in terms of mentions:

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Then again, maybe it’s not always true that all attention is good attention. When looking at that same aggregate of yaks for sentiment, Yakkers had a very different story to tell – and Marco Rubio emerged as the clear favorite. His performance stood out to those of you who were yakking away, and he closed the debate with a 55.2% approval, compared to only 9.2% disapproval (35.6% of mentions were neutral).

His runner-up was Rand Paul – the candidate with the least amount of speakingtime – who ended with 48.5% approval (vs. 9.2% disapproval). By comparison, Trump ended with the 3rd-lowest approval rating (26.1%).

Here’s the full sentiment rating from our users:

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All in all, Yakkers were quite clear on who they thought had a great night! But where did each candidate receive their most attention? Rubio pulled the bulk of his mentions from the East Coast, particularly Atlanta, D.C., and multiple cities in Florida (Go Gators, right Rubio?). Much of the chatter surrounding Paul came from the northeast (Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey). Chris Christie was the only candidate who pulled the bulk of his mentions from the West Coast, with a pop of attention in Portland, Oregon.

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Trump has been atop the polls for a while (second to Carson in the latest, though within the margin of error) – and he certainly generated a lot of chatter on Yik Yak. Then again, compared to some other candidates his approval-to-disapproval ratio could use some work, especially given that 8th-place approval rating. Yakkers who mentioned him are pretty spread out across the country, but he lacked a dense population of mentions in one specific area compared to other candidates.

In Canada’s recent elections, the youth vote greatly influenced the outcome and played a major role in the selection of Justin Trudeau as the new Prime Minister. What would happen if the US elections were tomorrow? Could Yik Yak users predict the outcome of the Republican primary?

Join other Yakkers in your local feed, or tune into the Peek tab on Nov. 10th for our next Republican Debate Yak Chat and Nov. 14th for our second Democratic Debate Yak Chat to see more yaks like these:

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