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Debate results are in: The lies have it

Who told the truth in the presidential debate Wednesday night? 

We partnered with Crimson Hexagon to analyze perceptions on Twitter about whether the candidates conveyed facts or untruths during Wednesday night’s presidential debate in Denver. 

The pundits largely agree that Romney put forth a good performance Wednesday night and perhaps even won the debate. But based on our analysis of the Twitter conversation having to do with truth telling, Romney was perceived to be telling lies significantly more than Obama was perceived to be putting forth false claims. The analysis is intended to reflect the public perception of truthfulness. 

In the analysis of nearly 500,000 opinions – a special sentiment monitor Crimson Hexagon produced for Current TV – 29 percent of the conversation about truth telling on Twitter held that Romney was telling lies, while only 2 percent said the same about Obama. 

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