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The latest data from Cision's State of the Election series reveals how global, national and local media covered the debate

Cision, an industry-leading earned media communications management and media advisory platform, published the latest data from its 2020 State of the Election blog series, a weekly nonpartisan media analysis of the U.S. presidential election. In week 7 of the series, Cision highlights how the presidential debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden was covered by the media.

Within minutes of the debate ending, Google searches for “who won the debate” were at their peak. When looking at all U.S. media coverage, Cision found there are approximately 300 more mentions that claim “Trump won.”

Other key findings include:

  • 23% of the debate media coverage talked about COVID-19
  • Unlike previous debates, climate change received sizable attention – 12% of the total debate coverage
  • Russia was the most talked about topic of the debate
  • From October 16 – October 23, the debate garnered nearly 100,000 media mentions in the United States. Worldwide, there was an additional 36,000 mentions published in English.
  • Through the eyes of the global media – Biden narrowly won the debate

Cision also analyzed how local media in nine swing states judged the debate based on earned media mentions. Findings include:

  • Arizona: Biden won 38 to 32
  • Florida: Trump won 86 to 72
  • Georgia: Trump won 71 to 67
  • Michigan: Trump won 68 to 65
  • North Carolina: Biden won 51 to 50
  • Ohio: Trump won 79 to 77
  • Pennsylvania: Biden won 94 to 88
  • Texas: Trump won 166 to 122
  • Wisconsin: Biden Won 72 to 59

Publications in swing states were nearly split – 52% to 48% in favor of Trump. Trump won big in Texas and Florida. Biden won respectably in Arizona, Pennsylvania,…

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A new survey conducted by Edvisors finds a highly motivated Gen Z electorate that favors Joe Biden

Edvisors conducted the nationwide survey of 18-24-year-olds and received 1,183 responses. Edvisors’ data suggests a substantial turnout for Gen Z this November, 89% of respondents indicate they are likely to vote, and 67% are voting for the first time. Of likely voters, Joe Biden (48%) is favored over Donald Trump (25%), and 25% are undecided the month before the election.

Despite Biden having a 23-point edge over Trump, 35% think Trump will win the election, just 30% think Biden will win.

Method of voting varied for likely voters. 31% indicated they would vote by mail and 30% will vote in person on election day. Others will vote early in person or deposit an absentee ballot in a drop box.

“It’s encouraging to see our younger voters ready to take action,” explains Anita Thomas, Chief Marketing Officer. “They’re ready to prioritize political issues that are impacting their lives.”

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To imply that emergency physicians would inflate the number of deaths from this pandemic to gain financially is offensive, especially as many are actually under unprecedented financial strain as they continue to bear the brunt of COVID-19. These baseless claims not only do a disservice to our health care heroes but promulgate the dangerous wave of misinformation which continues to hinder our nation’s efforts to get the pandemic under control and allow our nation to return to normalcy.”

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“Across our state, businesses, nonprofits, childcare, academic facilities and the medical community have invested resources, time and energy in complying with public health requirements and operating in a safe manner,” said Wendy Block, Vice President of Business Advocacy and Member Engagement for the Michigan Chamber. “This legislation is good news for businesses who have made public safety a priority and allows them to proceed with confidence that they will not be the target of an unwarranted lawsuit brought by personal injury lawyers seeking to capitalize on the pandemic.”

“This legislation is a great example of what happens when all sides come together to resolve a controversial issue,” said Block. “While there were many lawmakers and staff involved in these legislative negotiations, special thanks to Representatives Tom Albert, Tommy Brann and Graham Filler for sponsoring this important legislation, Speaker Lee Chatfield and Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey for making it a priority, and Senator Adam Hollier, Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich and the Governor’s staff for their help in bringing all sides together to get the bills across the finish line.”

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