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Divided We Stand

Divided We Stand
New book about the 2020 election.

Saturday, October 2, 2021

Congress, Trump, and Social Media in 2016 and 2020

Our new book is titled Divided We Stand: The 2020 Elections and American Politics.  Among other things, it discusses the role of social media.

 From Pew:

  • Lawmakers posted far more content – and received far more audience engagement – on social media during the 2020 election than in 2016
  • Democratic lawmakers used ‘Trump’ more than any other word on social media during the 2020 election
  • Lawmakers from each party used distinctive language to engage with their constituencies on social media
  • Mentions of key terms and topics produced increases in audience engagement with lawmaker social media posts
  • A declining share of posts from Republican lawmakers – especially on Twitter – contain links to outside content
  • A small number of very popular domains make up a majority of the links shared by lawmakers 
  • A growing share of domains are shared primarily or exclusively by lawmakers from one party
  • Even among the most popular domains, most links belong primarily to exclusively shared domains