Polarization in the Time of Pandemic

Polarization in the Time of Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic had the potential to unite Americans of different political stripes in the common goal of protecting the health of the nation. Instead, as is well-documented, it exacerbated existing political divides, including on such issues as mask-wearing and avoiding large gatherings. Even President Trump's infection and subsequent hospitalization…
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Mayor Pete: Early wins Fuel Attacks

Mayor Pete: Early wins Fuel Attacks

The 38-year-old former mayor of South Bend, Indiana Pete Buttigieg became a surprise close second to Bernie Sanders  upon the final tally from Iowa and New Hampshire.  Predictably, this makes him the target of increased attacks on social media. Using our StoryArc platform we traced some of these attacks. Based…
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Joe Biden: Experience or Baggage?

Joe Biden: Experience or Baggage?

Joe Biden: Post Debate Analysis Pre/Post Debate Social Media Pre-debate Twitter mentions have Biden at an average of around 48k/mentions. He gets a debate day bump to 2.3x his normal mention count coming in at 112k/mentions. That boost falls off sharply the day after and then Biden is back to…
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Bernie Sanders: Gamer,  Socialist, or Revolutionary?

Bernie Sanders: Gamer, Socialist, or Revolutionary?

Bernie Sanders: Post Debate Analysis Pre/Post Debate Social Media Bernie Sanders was receiving around 23K mentions / day before the debate.  During the debates, his mentions spiked to ~70K/day. He's maintained a slight uptick in the days following the 1st debate. Bernie Sanders Twitter Mentions Pre/Post 1st Democratic Debate Top…
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Amy Klobuchar: Earnest

Amy Klobuchar: Earnest

Amy Klobuchar: Post Debate Analysis Pre/Post Debate Social Media Senator Klobuchar was getting very little traction on Twitter before the debate, averaging under 1000 mentions per day. The day after the debate, her mentions spiked at over 18,000. The day after that her mention counts went back to pre-debate levels.…
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