Georgia millennials are obsessed with Trump and Sanders, app says

Donald Trump and Sen. Bernie Sanders are the most talked about presidential candidates in Georgia among millennials, according to a popular social media app.

Yik Yak, an app that groups online users by geolocation, released data to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on how Georgia millennials perceive each presidential candidate.

The data, collected over a four week period, show a political conversation among Georgia millennials on social media dominated by Trump and Sanders.

Yik Yak, which is based in Atlanta, measured the volume of conversation about each presidential candidate from Georgia users and determined whether those statements were negative, positive or neutral.

The app has a 98 percent millennial user base, according to a spokeswoman.

By the end of 2014, Yik Yak had roughly 3.6 million monthly active users across the United States, according to Business Insider. Yik Yak did not disclose how many Georgia users were included in this study. 

According to the data, Trump is the topic of more conversations than Bernie Sanders, while the remaining Republican candidates were mentioned just slightly more than Hillary Clinton alone. 

According to the app, Ohio Gov. John Kasich is the least talked about but most favorably viewed Republican candidate among Georgia millennials.

Kasich and U.S. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio are the most approved of Republican candidates among Georgia millennials, while Dr. Ben Carson, Trump and U.S. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz are the least liked candidates.

Cruz, who defeated Trump in the Iowa caucus, has the second-lowest approval rating and highest disapproval rating of all the Republican candidates.

These rankings could change as the candidates place more focus on Georgia ahead of the March 1 SEC primary.

Kasich will hold a town hall meeting at Kennesaw State University and speak at the state Capitol on Tuesday.

Trump will also visit Atlanta, after the South Carolina GOP primary on Saturday. The billionaire will host a rally at the Georgia World Congress Center in downtown Atlanta on Sunday.

Rubio’s campaign announced it will formally open its first campaign office in Georgia on Monday.

On Yik Yak, Georgia millennials talk about Democrats almost as much as Republicans, though there are significantly fewer candidates to discuss.

Georgia millennials are split on what to think of Sanders. According to Yik Yak, one-third of millennials in Georgia approve of the Democratic candidate, while one-third disapprove.

The senator from Vermont hosted a rally at Morehouse College on Tuesday, riding a wave of momentum with young voters after a narrow defeat in Iowa and a 22-point victory in New Hampshire.

Clinton, the former secretary of state, faces an uphill battle with winning over Georgia millennials. More than half of Georgia millennials disapprove of the presidential candidate, according to Yik Yak.

Clinton fell victim to a generational divide when it came to white voters in the Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary. The March 1 SEC primary will reveal whether Georgia voters share the same sentiment.

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