We’re taking a deeper dive into why and how viewers reacted to Trump and Clinton during Monday night's epic Presidential Debate. Some highlights and lowlights from the 3,590,531 specific Emotional Reactions (ERs) in response to the debate as identified by Canvs.
Dislike was the night’s predominant ER, and it spiked for Trump in response to him discussing how he’s being audited by the IRS and his refusal to release his tax returns.
Dislike also spiked for Trump while he was expressing support for stop-and-frisk as a policing strategy.
Dislike ERs around Clinton weren’t so much attached to particular moments as they were sprinkled throughout the debate by those that simply don’t like her.
That said, the portion of the debate in which she addressed her use of a private email server while serving as Secretary of State caused a spike in dislike responses — though many of those responses expressed weariness about the topic itself.
Trump dominated crazy ERs, particularly when he talked about how great his temperament is near the end of the debate.
Trump also dominated funny ERs — and Clinton played a supporting role in the inadvertent comedy given her apparent inability to contain her laughter in response to some of Trump’s pronouncements.
Incidentally, two of the most shared reactions of the night in the crazy category came from Bernie Sanders, in response to Trump’s justification of his past birtherism, and from Bill Maher, in response to a moment when Hillary Clinton looked right into the camera while Trump was talking.