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March 05, 2013

And In Other News...

...water is wet:

The reaction on Twitter to major political events and policy decisions often differs a great deal from public opinion as measured by surveys. This is the conclusion of a year-long Pew Research Center study that compared the results of national polls to the tone of tweets in response to eight major news events, including the outcome of the presidential election, the first presidential debate and major speeches by Barack Obama.

At times the Twitter conversation is more liberal than survey responses, while at other times it is more conservative. Often it is the overall negativity that stands out. Much of the difference may have to do with both the narrow sliver of the public represented on Twitter as well as who among that slice chose to take part in any one conversation.

Next they'll be telling us that people who stop and think about things before making up their minds are different from those who don't. Or even worse, that surveys may not accurately reflect public opinion either.

Posted by Cassandra at March 5, 2013 08:22 AM

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Wonder how much the Feds paid for that study? On a more lighthearted note, the TSA just spent $1K/employee on new uniforms, and whose officers can spend more in one year than a Marine Lieutenant can spend in a lifetime...and it just keeps on...

Posted by: Grumpy Curmudgeon at March 5, 2013 12:21 PM

Wonder how much the Feds paid for that study?

Are you telling me that as a taxpayer, you don't consider that money well spent???

/running away

Posted by: Cassandra at March 5, 2013 01:00 PM

"And In Other News......water is wet:"

Yeah, and fish still poop in it.

Posted by: DL Sly at March 5, 2013 01:32 PM