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Kaine vs. Pence: How the VP debate influenced #Election2016

On Tuesday night, October 4, U.S. Vice Presidential candidates Tim Kaine and Mike Pence faced off for a televised debate. How was it perceived, and has it shifted the conversation? We analyzed the data in Netvibes’ 2016 Election dashboard to find out.

Election dashboard: VP debate

Who won?

The overall consensus, from both polls and media pundits, seems to be that Republican running mate Mike Pence won the debate. When we look at the data in the Election Dashboard, we can clearly see that Pence has been dominating the conversation since the debate took place on October 4.

Pence vs Kaine mentions

Here’s another way of comparing Pence and Kaine mentions on the dashboard, broken down by sentiment analysis. Since the debate aired on October 4, 61.77% of mentions have been about Pence, versus 38.24% for Kaine. The articles about Kaine are more emotionally charged, with a higher percentage of Positive/Negative mentions versus Pence. In other words, both Pence and Kaine attracted roughly the same number of Positive and Negative mentions, while Pence had far more Neutral mentions (48.5% of the overall articles).

Kaine vs Pence sentiment analysis


It may have seemed like mentions of the vice presidential debate were everywhere this week, but in fact, the first presidential debate between Clinton and Trump continued to attract more mentions than the VP debate.

Debate popularity: Presidential vs VP

Moderators: Lester Holt more popular than Elaine Quijano

Just as the presidential debate continues to be more popular than the VP debate, we can see a similar pattern with mentions of the debate moderators. Lester Holt, who moderated the first Clinton-Trump debate, continues to be mentioned in new articles, while Elaine Quijano of the VP debate has garnered far fewer mentions.

Debate moderator mentions

You can see the charts and explore the data for yourself on our live Election Dashboard here:  We’ll keep updating the blog with weekly insights leading up to the November election.

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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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