The Donald: What makes Donald Trump so popular?
Donald Trump was the king of Facebook candidate conversation over the past month. By far.
Trump, the national Republican presidential front-runner, had 23.3 million people in the United States posting about, sharing content, liking or commenting on him between November 11, the day after the last GOP debate, and December 11. Republicans are scheduled to debate again Tuesday evening in Las Vegas.
No one else came close. Runnerup was Hillary Clinton, the Democratic front-runner, with 8.4 million people.
The closest Republican was Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who’s vaulted into the lead in several Iowa polls. He attracted 4.2 million people, just ahead of retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson with 4.1 million.
The rest of the GOP field was far behind. Next was Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., at 1.87 million and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., at 1.5 million.
The most talked about political topic on Facebook during that period was religion, followed by Iraq, Syria and the ISIS. The period covered included the Paris terrorist attacks, the shootings at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic and the mass shootings in San Bernadino, Calif..