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Sharecare App: Behind the Latest Presidential Debate

Sharecare's newest app uses special voice analysis to help people better understand their stress levels – and how to manage them. For the past two Presidential debates, we've used the app's technology to gauge candidates' stress responses around hot topic issues, and the data has not disappointed. Here's a look at the latest debates:

February 6, 2016
Cruz on His Sister's Drug Addiction

In what some might call the most powerful moment of the debate, Senator Ted Cruz shares the story of his sister's struggles with drug and alcohol addiction. His stress levels climb from intense impatience to irritation, and his "Fight" mindset may provide a glimpse into his views on personal responsibility.

Feb 4, 2016
Clinton on Campaign Finance

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shows intense stress and impatience when confronting the attack she perceives from Senator Bernie Sanders. She changes to discomfort when she discusses donations she received from Wall Street, and her statement about "never changing her viewpoint or vote because of donations received" ends on a note of anxiety.

Clinton on Health Care

Clinton begins with a productive mindset but reveals discomfort when she says that she and Sanders share progressive goals. However, her discomfort turns to irritation as she describes how she's been fighting for universal healthcare for many years. She again shows discomfort and is measured at "Freeze" mode as she talks about her desire to avoid another legislative debate on the need for healthcare reform.

Sanders on Campaign Finance

Sanders's stress levels show irritation when he claims that Republicans do not accept the idea of climate change. He then moves into intense stress when asserting a need to transform our energy system. Sanders ends in an impatient "Fight" mode when bringing up the Koch brothers and Exxon Mobil donating to political campaigns.

Clinton on Progressivism

Clinton begins by showing discomfort when describing Sanders as the self-proclaimed gatekeeper of progressivism. She goes on to reveal intense stress and nervousness as she talks about the many progressives who have battled on behalf of "those who are left behind." Finally, Clinton switches into the “Fight" mode when talking about being President and Commander in Chief.

January 28, 2016
Ted Cruz vs. Marco Rubio on Immigration

Senator Cruz begins and ends with low stress, using humor to diffuse tension. But his stress levels climb to uneasy impatience when discussing the importance of fighting amnesty, showing that he feels very strongly about this issue. This topic – and not the clash with Rubio himself – appears to be a recurring stress trigger for Cruz.

Jeb Bush on Trump

When discussing the absent Trump, Bush shows low stress and remains very calm. In fact, the only time he shows nervousness is when he claims that he was the only one brave enough to attack Trump. Interestingly, Bush's low stress during this attack is markedly distinct from his previous, high-stress attacks when Trump was present.

Rubio vs. Jeb Bush on Immigration

Earlier when Rubio discusses the topic of immigration with Cruz, his stress levels reach a peak of high intensity. However, Rubio has an almost opposite response when broaching the topic with Bush. Instead, Rubio shows unusually low stress when directly attacking Bush on changing his position on immigration. When Bush initially responds, Rubio shows some uneasiness, but he remains calm.

Bush on the Establishment

When turning to the matter of being a part of the GOP establishment and a deeply rooted political family, Bush's stress levels spike. This topic appears to be a strong stress trigger for Bush, and he is uneasy and impatient when discussing it.