Colleges Students on the VP Debate

by Dan Hopkins on October 12, 2012 · 3 comments

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A few days ago, I posted about a project in which political scientists Amber Boydstun, Rebecca Glazier, Timothy Jurka, and Matthew Pietryka are working with React Labs to measure college students’ debate reactions in real time.  The verdict on last night’s Vice Presidential Debate?  1,472 college students reacted at least once.  But unlike during the October 3rd Presidential debate, last’s night’s debate produced votes on the overall winner that were more in line with the students’ baseline partisanship.  53% of those responding identified as Democrats, while 31% were Republicans.  On the question of who won the debate, 57% named Vice President Biden while 33% named Representative Ryan.  Another 10% termed it a tie.  Representative Ryan’s best moment in the eyes of the students was his closing statement, while Vice President Biden’s was his mention of Governor Romney’s comments about the “47%.”

[h/t to Amber Boydstun]

{ 3 comments }

Mitch October 12, 2012 at 8:23 am

So in other words, partisan information filters rule the day even among low-information voters like college students.

If 53% are Dems and 57% say Biden won, while 31% are Republicans and 33% say Ryan won, I’m not sure any other honest conclusion can be drawn here.

Joel October 12, 2012 at 3:53 pm

College students may be, on average, low-information voters. I don’t think you could make the same claim about any group watching a VP debate.

Abby Kraus October 14, 2012 at 6:42 pm

It is interesting to see that the VP debate had more matching outcomes then the presidential debate. As a college student I would say that every single college student does not get the same information as every other signe college student. Also I would want to see what happens with the next Presidential debate beccause I wonder if it is possible that it was because it was the VP debate and not the Presidential debate. I wrote a blog post on this expierment you should check it out here. http://2012breadandcircuses.blogspot.com/2012/10/react-labs-and-political-scientists-get.html

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