October 12, 2012 • Chris
Originally posted on Analysis Intelligence
The first presidential debate held last week has been widely panned and in many circles proclaimed a significant failure for Barack Obama. While we’re not going to further comment on the president’s performance, we do want to examine its effect on the media’s framing of his campaign.
To do so, we used Recorded Future to identify the subjects most associated with Barack Obama during the week prior to and the week after the debate. What we found was a noticeable shift away from reporting on Obama’s foreign policy, deemed by many as a strength of his first term, to domestic issues on which Romney succeeded during the debate.
Below are the top terms related to Obama during the 7 days prior to and after the debate (note: we omitted party names and labels, Mitt Romney, and debate location):
|7 days pre-debate||7 days post-debate|
|Ohio||George W. Bush|
|White House||White House|
|Paul Ryan||Paul Ryan|
|George W. Bush||Congress|
What surprises you? Did the refocus on domestic issues cause the dramatic shift in poll results? We’ll return with a similar analysis of the forthcoming vice presidential debate to see how the performances by Paul Ryan and Joe Biden are received, but in the meantime, leave us a thought on the above results.