UPDATED: Facebook-CNN Election Talk Meter Breaks Down First Presidential Debate

By Jennifer Moire 

The dust has settled after the first presidential debate in Denver Wednesday night, and the Facebook-CNN Election Talk Meter has fresh insights on the melee in the Mile High City that are posted on the U.S. Politics on Facebook page.

Among the findings:

  • Look who’s talking: Facebook users aged 35 to 44 were talking about the presidential debate the most last night.
  • States buzzing about debate:  Battleground states like Colorado, Virginia, and Florida were buzzing the most about the showdown between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, along with the greater Washington, D.C., area. Alabama, North Carolina, Georgia, Delaware, and Louisiana also made the list.
  • Debate scores more interest than conventions: The debate scored an 8.8 out of 10, trailing only this year’s Super Bowl and the 2008 elections.

Shortly after the debate wrapped Wednesday night, Facebook was quick to post some of the immediate results from its database.

  • Republican presidential nominee Romney was the most mentioned term, with 11 percent more mentions than Obama.
  • “Obama” had just 1.5 percent more mentions than “debate.”

The top 10 most mentioned debate-related terms on Facebook last night:

  1. Romney
  2. Obama
  3. Debate
  4. Big Bird
  5. Jobs
  6. Taxes
  7. Jim Lehrer
  8. PBS
  9. Obamacare
  10. Insurance

UPDATED: Facebook shared these additional buzz-generating insights Friday:

  • Medicare, Medicaid, and Obamacare were also discussed more by men than women. Males 45 to 54 and women 55 to 64 talked about those topics more than other age groups. Those discussions were happening the most in the District of Columbia, Alabama, Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee.
  • Buzz about Big Bird was highest among men and women 35 to 44 in D.C., Maryland, Virginia, New York, and Delaware. Older Facebook users (55 to 64 years old) talked more than younger people about debate moderator and PBS anchor Jim Lehrer, and much of that chatter was coming from D.C, Virginia, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Colorado.
  • The military was a topic of conversation among men of all ages on Facebook and women over age 65. The states with the most buzz about the military were Alabama, Virginia, North Carolina, Colorado, and Delaware.
  • Education chatter was highest among men 25 to 34 and women 18 to 24, and people were talking about that topic the most in D.C., New York, Maryland, Delaware, and Georgia.
  • Finally, buzz about businessman Donald Trump was highest among men in D.C., Delaware, Florida, New Jersey, and Alabama.
Readers: Are you surprised by Facebook’s findings following the first presidential debate