Prime Minister David Cameron and the leader of the Labour party Ed Miliband both faced a tough grilling last night by TV veterans Jeremy Paxman and Kay Burley, but Mr Miliband came out on top according to social media.
Software produced by Oxford University called “TheySay”, which measures the sentiment towards different topics, found tweets about Mr Miliband were 52% positive, and only 47% of tweets about Mr Cameron carried any positive sentiment.
Mr Miliband even garnered more tweets than his conservative rival, with a total of 28,4896 tweets during last night’s television appearance, compared to the 21,0864 tweets mentioning David Cameron.
Oxford University’s Dr Karo Moilanen, co-founder of the TheySay software, said: “Most notably, both candidates generated a gigantic volume of negative sentiment overall.
“In general, Milibands signals were more volatile than those for Cameron. Miliband’s sentiment profile is more jagge,d a sign of more extreme polarisation.
“Given that doubt, anger, agitation and fear all increased towards the end around Miliband, his passionate pea was highly emotional.
“Speculation increased towards the end around both candidates.”