The Fox News/Facebook GOP debate tonight is the first big TV event of the 2016 presidential campaign. In the months-long run up to the much-anticipated debate, social media the main platform for debate and discussion about the policies, the goofs, the gaffes, and the here-in-my-home-town appearances of the men and women seeking their party’s nomination for the presidency.
Facebook has been tracking the stats for the number of people chatting about the candidates, and the number of likes, posts, comments and shares made about a particular candidate. The social media giant has release a summary of stats in advance of the Fox News-Facebook primetime debate.
Facebook campaign chatter
May 29 through July 28, 2015
Google has been routinely reporting fun facts about candidate and political searches. Their stats confirm the Trump effect, with immigration as most searched election 2016 policy issues from July 29 to August 4.
Most searched Election 2016 policy issues on Google
July 29 through August 4, 2015