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Hillary Clinton Gets Very Little Support On Yik Yak During Democratic Debate

Yik Yak posts show young voters are "feeling the Bern" and aren't big fans of Hillary.
According to posts on the social media app Yik Yak, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton lags behind Bernie
According to posts on the social media app Yik Yak, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton lags behind Bernie Sanders in support from young voters.

In the last debate between Democratic presidential hopefuls before the Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire primary, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton received little support from youthful Yik Yak users.

Yik Yak is an anonymous social media app popular with college students. Nearly all of its users are millennials, ages 18 to 34, according to Comscore. While it's not a scientific survey, posts on the app can provide a snapshot of how some college students and young people feel about the Democratic candidates. 

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) had the most mentions on Yik Yak during Sunday's debate, and there were almost twice as many approving posts about him as disapproving ones, according to an analysis Yik Yak shared with The Huffington Post. 

YouTube star Connor Franta, 23, noted that Sanders was "pretty popular among my peers," during the debate.

Meanwhile, just 7.6 percent of Yik Yak comments about Clinton were approving, while 52.5 percent were disapproving. Most mentions of former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley on the app were neutral. 

Clinton is also facing some bad news from Yik Yak users in Iowa and New Hampshire.

"Looking at just the earliest voting states, Iowa and New Hampshire, Clinton's disapproval levels matched or surpassed what she received country-wide: she had greater than 50% disapproval among young voters in both Iowa and New Hampshire along with low-single-digit approval," Yik Yak wrote in its analysis. "Sanders fared better country-wide than he did in these states, earning 42% approval in Iowa but just 15% in New Hampshire."

Overall, Sanders has enjoyed significant support from young voters. Two polls of millennials released in roughly the past month -- from Harvard University's Institute of Politics and from Rock The Vote/USA Today -- both found Sanders enjoyed a healthy lead over Clinton in the youth vote. His success has prompted comparisons to the way then-Sen. Barack Obama mobilized college students to help propel him to victory over Clinton in the 2008 Iowa caucus. 

Clinton made a pitch during Sunday's debate that she would carry on Obama's legacy if elected. Pressed by the debate moderator to explain why she was losing 2-to-1 to Sanders in the youth vote, she responded, "I'm going to keep working as hard as I can to reach as many people of all ages about what I will do, about the experience and ideas that I have that I will bring to the White House, and I hope to have their support when I’m the Democratic nominee."

Yik Yak provided some examples of what users were saying about the debate. 

Yik Yakkers also definitely had opinions about the debate schedule

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