Democratic candidate Andrew Yang was directly asked 2 questions in 2 hours during June 28th’s Democratic Debate on NBC News. And according to Tic Toc by Bloomberg, Yang only spoke for a combined 2 minutes and 58 seconds the entire night.
But, the views on his video clips on YouTube from the night far exceeds all the other candidates.
While scrolling through YouTube this morning, I came across a 2-minute clip of Yang that CNBC Television’s YouTube channel posted:
In it, Yang is given the opportunity to explain his signature campaign policy, a form of universal basic income, The Freedom Dividend. Earlier today when I watched the clip, it had 127,000 views. Since then the view count has risen to over 135,000 views.
I was honestly surprised that Yang received so many views. Although I consider him to be my favorite to win, I didn’t think he had mass appeal just yet. So I decided to see how many views the other candidates received on their clips from the night.
What I discovered shocked me.
The YouTube Views
I found that the 2nd most amount of views from that night went to the sparring between candidates Kamala Harris and Joe Biden, an ordeal that multiple major news outlets covered non-stop and considered to be the highlight of the night. That video received about 30,000 less views than Yang.
In 3rd place is a clip of Bernie Sanders agreeing with Kamala on the need for comprehensive gun control. That video received only 10,000 views.
The other videos don’t even come close.
I then scrolled down to see how Yang’s view count compared to the candidates from the first debate the night before.
And the trend remained the same:
The most views from first night came from candidates Beto O’ Rourke and Julian Castro sparring over immigration policy at 40,000 views. And the second most views came from the candidates all arguing over private health insurance at 28,000 views.
Both counts are nowhere close to 135,000 views on Yang’s video.
I felt like I was onto something so I looked for clips from the debates on other major news outlets’ YouTube channels. And again, the results were similar:
WNBC New York:
WNBC New York’s channel was a bit different in that Biden and Harris’ feud had a combined 98,000 views. But when you add up the views that each candidate garnered individually, Yang still comes out on top.
Top combined individual views:
- Andrew Yang: 89,000 views in 2 videos
- Cory Booker: 74,000 views in 2 videos
- Pete Buttigieg: 62,000 views in 3 videos
- Elizabeth Warren: 61,000 views in 2 videos
- Bernie Sanders: 51,000 views in 2 videos
Bloomberg’s Tic Toc:
In Bloomberg’s Tic Toc YouTube channel, Yang again has the most views.
Top 5 views from both nights:
- Andrew Yang explaining his Freedom Dividend policy (42,000 views)
- Pete Buttigieg speaking Spanish (29,000 views)
- Beto O’Rouke speaking Spanish (21,000 views)
- NBC News cutting to commercial because of a technical difficulty during the debates (19,000 views)
- Kamala Harris telling Biden that she doesn’t think he’s a racist (13,000 views)
Coverage of the debates focused mostly on “top-tier” candidates like Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, and Pete Buttigieg. But given the numbers from these view counts, one could deduce that people are more interested in Yang’s performance than any of the other candidates.
The point of the Democratic Debates is to provide a stage for the candidates to reach many Americans with their proposed policies in one night. Which allows them to reach the ears of Americans that may not have known they existed and to sway the voters that might’ve not known much of what they stand for.
According to these views on YouTube, it can be argued that Yang accomplished both of those goals successfully. Maybe not to the full extent, given that his mic was muted for much of the debate.
These numbers by Yang are impressive. And as of writing this article, Yang qualifies for the July debates in Detroit. Let’s see how he performs at the next one. As of right now, he has the eyes of everyone on YouTube.
Andrew Yang’s clips from the Democratic Debates that were posted on YouTube by major news outlets received more views than any other candidates from both debate nights despite only talking for 3 minutes in the entire 2 hours.
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This data is just on YouTube. I could’ve looked at Google search trends or Twitter data but I felt that would make this a much longer read and probably make me publish this later than I’d want to. Because of that, I just stuck with what I found on YouTube.
Depending on the reception of this article, I’ll do another after the next debates. And I’ll include more data from places like Twitter and Google search.
I’m by no means a political expert so I encourage anyone who’s interested to continue the research further! And if anything that I’ve mentioned in this article is incorrect or misleading, feel free to let me know in the responses below 👇
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