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Clinton’s emails and other scandals: Insights from the Netvibes Election Dashboard


How did the email scandal impact Clinton’s social media favorability? Is Trump still pulling ahead in the “Liar Race,” as we found in the last blog?

The 2016 U.S. Presidential race has been buffeted by multiple candidate scandals–Benghazi and emails for Hillary Clinton, Trump University and veterans donations for Donald Trump. We’re tracking it all on the Netvibes live Election Dashboard to understand what’s being said and how people feel about the biggest issues in the election.

Netvibes Election dashboard - candidate scandals

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This month Clinton’s email scandal came to a head, with several major events impacting election coverage. On June 29, news broke that former President Bill Clinton had privately met with U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch on a Phoenix runway. The private meeting, which took place as the FBI was expected to conclude its investigation into Clinton’s email scandal, sparked public outrage and forced Lynch to announce on July 1 that she would follow whatever recommendations the FBI made in the email case. As we can see in the chart above, mentions of Clinton’s email scandal rose on July 1 and 2 around this news.

Then on July 5, the FBI finished its investigation and released its final report on the email case, exonerating Clinton of any criminal wrongdoing, while admonishing her actions as “extremely careless.” Naturally, mentions of Clinton’s email spiked on July 5, and mentions remained high for several days, before tapering off over the weekend.

Has the email scandal impacted the public’s perception of Clinton? We looked at several charts on the dashboard to find out.

 

Negative mentions are up, positive mentions are down

For both Clinton and Trump, negative mentions have been on the rise since April. But we can see a significant increase in negativity for Clinton over the past 2 weeks since the email scandal hit.

Netvibes Election dashboard - Clinton vs Trump

What are people saying about Clinton in the negative mentions? Terms like “Gross negligence” and “extremely careless” have spiked in popularity since the email report was released.

Netvibes election dashboard - negligence vs careless

Who’s the bigger “Liar?” Social media says Clinton.
In our last blog post, we found that both candidates are frequently accused of lying. Clinton has led on “liar” mentions for most of the race, but Trump was starting to pull ahead in late June, after the DNC opposition playbook leaked. How do the Liar charts look today?

Netvibes election dashboard - Liar mentions

We can see there’s been a sharp increase in Clinton’s “liar” mentions over the past several days since the email news broke.

Looking at a different chart, we can see Clinton’s increase in mentions from another angle. Throughout the race, Trump has generally dominated election coverage. But for the past 2 weeks, Clinton is running almost even in the total number of mentions (50.19% Trump vs. 48.05% Clinton). However, this increase in coverage has been mostly negative for Clinton, being driven by the email scandal.

Netvibes election dashboard

The good news for Clinton is that she is still polling ahead of Trump, although their numbers continue to inch closer. The Netvibes dashboard currently predicts that Trump will surpass Clinton’s poll numbers by January (well after the election ends in November).

Netvibes election dashboard - Trump vs Clinton polls

Stay tuned to the blog for more insights from the Netvibes Election Dashboard, or head over the Election dashboard to explore the data for yourself.

Want to learn more about Netvibes dashboards? Contact us for a free demo.

 

Disclaimers

Written by Kim Terca of Netvibes. Any opinions expressed are my own, not my employer’s.

Analytics are based on a wide variety of online sources collected by the Netvibes dashboard, including news publications, blogs, videos and social media. To see all sources, please visit the Dashboard Tab titled “Sources.” Candidate polling data is sourced from The Huffington Post.

Netvibes’ Election dashboard is meant to provide a neutral analysis of available election data. It should not be considered an official statement by Netvibes, Inc. or Dassault Systèmes.

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