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Bing and FOX Polling on the State of the Union

Microsoft’s search engine Bing and FOX News Channel (FNC) are teaming up on the Bing Pulse online voting tool for the State of the Union address and Republican response on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 9 p.m. EST.

The technology, which was introduced during the 2013 State of the Union, enables viewers to track and share their opinions and reactions in real time via their smartphone, PC or tablet.

For the 2013 State of the Union, the Bing Pulse received 12.9 million votes during the address, says Microsoft. Live results were also shown on FNC.

During the address and the response, people will be able to not only provide their feedback, but also look at the Bing Pulse online or on FNC to see what other viewers think of both the speech and the Republican response in real time as the remarks are being delivered.

The Bing Pulse also provides an intensity score, which highlights the key moments of the address or when the greatest numbers of viewers vote at the same time.

New this year is an online annotated graphing feature that enables people with one click to understand exactly what was said during those polling spikes. Also new this year are poll questions about some of the key topics in the speeches.

The Bing Pulse is part of a nonpartisan State of the Union experience on Bing.com/politics and on FNC.

In addition to the Bing Pulse, the site provides a single destination for up-to-the-minute political news, expert information and real-time conversations on major policy issues. Bing.com/politics features include these:

  • A live feed of President Obama’s State of the Union address and the Republican response
  • An annotated graph allowing users to see what parts of the State of the Union are soaring and what parts are tanking
  • Real-time news results using the Bing news filter that helps people navigate the news by filtering coverage from left-leaning and right-leaning sources
  • A live feed of social conversations on Twitter so people can stay informed on what leading political pundits are saying about the speech

Unlike typical polls, Bing Pulse allows people to self-identify by gender and political party affiliation to provide additional aggregate data analysis to the results shown online and on FNC.

Photo courtesy: Microsoft

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