Bernie Sanders: Post Debate Analysis
Pre/Post Debate Social Media
Bernie Sanders was receiving around 23K mentions / day before the debate. During the debates, his mentions spiked to ~70K/day. He’s maintained a slight uptick in the days following the 1st debate.
- PCGamer story “Bernie Sanders is about to Become a Twitch Streamer.”
- Vox.com article “Bernie Sanders’ Political Revolution on Foreign Policy, explained.”
Top Twitter Narratives
“Bernie Sanders has half-baked ideas.”
“Bernie Sanders is a socialist (and will lose).”
Pervasive are the incredulity and sarcasm at Sanders’ suggestions to erase student debt, and his ability to implement them.
Who’s Talking about Bernie?
Conversation about Sanders largely took place among the left-of-center Democratic base.
There was a highly amplified tweet from Charlie Kirk (a conservative activist), accusing Bernie Sanders of prioritizing “others” (illegal immigrants and felons) over ordinary Americans.
Post-debate, organic Twitter support for Sanders is significantly outweighed by a combination of disappointed left-leaning folks and “concern trolling” from right-wing activists.
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