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Sunday, September 26, 2021

News in Brief: ‘Educate’ phone app garners responses to vice presidential debate

Voter opinions to the vice presidential debate between United States Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan were collected through a new real-time smartphone application co-developed by UC Davis political science assistant professor Amber Boydstun.

The Educate application was released by React Labs Oct. 3 at the UC Davis School of Law at King Hall on the night of the first presidential debate.

1,472 people reacted via the application to the vice presidential debate.

According to a summary of the reaction results, Biden was preferred as the debate winner, with 57 percent in his favor. 10 percent of respondents said that the two candidates tied.

53 percent identified as Democrats, 31 percent as Republicans and 16 percent as independent/other.

Reactions were also categorized by specific topics and debate style.

Further information on the application can be found at reactlabs.com.
— Muna Sadek

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