Who Won the Last Democratic Debate? Snap Poll Indicates Bernie Sanders Did

By Zack
January 18, 2016 10:53 am Last Updated: January 18, 2016 10:53 am

A snap poll following the Democratic presidential debate indicates that Bernie Sanders won.

Sanders and Hillary Clinton faced off with just weeks to go until the primary voting starts, and 86 percent of the 111,783 votes in the poll said that Sanders won.

Clinton got 10 percent and longshot Martin O’Malley garnered 3 percent.

(Time)
(Time)

Time magazine, which conducted the poll, noted: “Online reader polls like this one are not statistically representative of eligible primary voters. They are a measure, however imprecise, of which candidates have the most energized online supporters, or most social media savvy fan base. After all, what they are counting is the number of Internet-devices controlled by people who want to vote.”

Another poll, from Slate, showed Sanders getting 86 percent of the votes in terms of winning the debate. It’s unclear how many people voted.

Other measures also indicated that Sanders won the debate, though. He was steadily the most searched candidate throughout the debate, with Clinton rarely getting more search interest than him. 

Out of the 50 states, Sanders was the most searched in 38 of them.


The top trending questions for the candidates do show how uncertain voters are with just a little time to decide who to vote for.

Clinton’s top trending questions, apart from two dealing with her use of personal email while secretary of state, included: “Will Hillary Clinton win the nomination?”

Sanders’ included his age and religion, and also: “Why is Bernie Sanders so popular?” and “Can Bernie Sanders win?”

Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton and Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. speak during a break at the NBC, YouTube Democratic presidential debate at the Gaillard Center, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)
Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton and Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. speak during a break at the NBC, YouTube Democratic presidential debate at the Gaillard Center, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)

 

Twitter stats also showed Sanders’ heavy influence.

Sanders gained the most followers during the debate, and of the most tweeted moments he was featured in many of them.

And he was also the most-discussed candidate on Facebook.