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Donald Trump and Planned Parenthood take the cake for most social buzz during CNN debate

By Minda Smiley | Reporter

September 17, 2015 | 3 min read

Donald Trump, former Florida governor Jeb Bush, and Texas Senator Ted Cruz garnered the most buzz online during last night’s Republican debate on CNN despite former HP chief executive Carly Fiorina’s much-talked about performance, according to social data firm Synthesio.

Source: Synthesio

Source: Synthesio

The social platform tracked social media, blogs, media sites and forums from yesterday until this morning and found that Donald Trump generated 31.8 per cent of mentions, the most out of all 11 candidates who participated.

Jeb Bush received 12.9 per cent of mentions while Ted Cruz saw 9.4, and neurosurgeon Ben Carson and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul each generated around 8 per cent.

For all five of the most-talked about candidates, sentiment skewed more positive than negative.

In terms of political issues, Planned Parenthood gained the most traction with 20.4 per cent of mentions around the debate. The women’s health organization is under fire in the US at the moment after a undercover video footage emerged of its staff appearing to discuss the sale of fetal tissue donations.

During the contest, the presidential hopefuls discussed whether or not they would be willing to risk a government shutdown in order to defund Planned Parenthood, with New Jersey governor Chris Christie and Carly Fiorina both voicing their opposition to the nonprofit.

Other hot topics included foreign policy with 19.8 per cent of mentions and immigration with 14.1 per cent.

According to Synthesio, 59 per cent of all mentions came from men while 41 per cent came from women. During last month’s Republican debate on Fox, 63 per cent of mentions were from men while 37 per cent were from women.

18-24 year olds were posting the most followed closely by 25-34 year olds, which Synthesio said is a switch from the last debate.

The hashtag ‘#GOPDebate’ was tweeted more than 1.08 million times while ‘#CNNDebate’ was tweeted nearly 500,000 times.

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