Sunday, December 11, 2011

ABC News Debate Statistics 12/10/11

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ABC News apparently could not hide their taste for bickering. Often times setting up the questions in order to generate some back 'n forth there was a solid 21 responses in total where candidates shot off to each other. While there seemed to be some even-handedness to the moderation, it was mostly an illusion due to having fewer overall candidates on the stage, with Herman Cain having dropped out of the race and Jon Huntsman not meeting ABC's qualifications for the Iowa debate.

Mitt Romney garnered the most time talking with 18:19 (mm:ss) and 16 turns talking, while Newt Gingrich spoke for 13:41 which was good enough for nearly 19% of the overall total speaking time allotted to the Republican Presidential candidates. Ron Paul, though running in a solid second place in the Iowa polls, received the fewest turns talking, 9, as well as the smallest amount of time at 8:40.

However, that did not stop him from having perhaps the largest impact with the time he did have. When confronted about the tough TV ads he has been running against Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul did not back down for a moment and instead restated and reinforced that Speaker Gingrich is indeed a serial hypocrite and reminded everyone of his ties to Freddie Mac and had received in the neighborhood of $1.6 Million for his "strategic advisement". A very strong move on Paul's part, and he may just be getting started.

Total Talk %
Romney 18:19 25.36%
Gingrich 13:41 18.95%
Bachmann 11:39 16.13%
Perry 10:19 14.29%
Santorum 9:35 13.27%
Ron Paul 8:40 12.00%
Total 1:12:13 100.00%
*Note: This is uninterrupted talking time, except for audience cheer/applause in the middle of a response as this goes against their official response time.

Turns Talking %
Gingrich 17 23.29%
Romney 16 21.92%
Perry 11 15.07%
Bachmann 10 13.70%
Santorum 10 13.70%
Ron Paul 9 12.33%
Total 73 100.00%

Avg b/w Talks Longest Wait
Santorum 7:13 18:03
Ron Paul 6:57 15:12
Bachmann 6:03 11:07
Perry 5:48 19:47
Gingrich 4:03 13:45
Romney 3:12 7:20

Qs Responses Follow-ups
Romney 9 7 0
Perry 8 2 1
Ron Paul 8 1 0
Gingrich 8 7 2
Santorum 8 1 1
Bachmann 7 3 0
Total 48 21 4
Note: Qs = Questions; Responses (candidates responding to each other); Followups (moderator following up from the previous question)


Cafe AJM said...

Thx for the breakdown. Marginalizing Ron Paul is turning up the heat. MSM may as well declare Romgrich the winner so the real voters can negate this in the real poll of elections. Regardless, Ron Paul has my vote on ballot or write-in @ajmcafe

Wes Hemings said...

Exactly. The MSM does not appreciate how fed up we are, Ron Paul will be on my ballot whether or not they put it there for me.

Anonymous said...

The latest ABC/WaPo Iowa poll among likely caucus voters had this result:

Candidate #1, 33%
Candidate #2, 18%
Candidate #3, 18%

No truly objective person could look at this and call it a two-way race. ABC News is clearly not objective.

Wes Hemings said...

It's insane, the lopsided claims on this primary race completely betray the facts. Just imagine the post-Iowa polling in New Hampshire, it's going to be massive after RP takes Iowa.

Tharms said...

The mainstream media is marginalizing no one but themselves. Do they really think the entire nation is not seeing through this scam? Their days are numbered. Already the sale of televisions is dropping off as people are turning off.

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