Moderates in Congress go local on Facebook more than the most ideological members
For the average moderate legislator, about 54% of a member’s Facebook posts discussed local issues between 2015 and 2017. But for the average very liberal or very conservative legislator, just 38% of posts dealt with local issues.
‘Anger’ topped ‘love’ when Facebook users reacted to lawmakers’ posts after 2016 election
The U.S. congressional Facebook audience used the “angry” button in response to lawmakers’ posts nearly 14 million times following the 2016 election.
There’s a large gender gap in congressional Facebook posts about sexual misconduct
About seven-in-ten women in Congress mentioned sexual misconduct in their official Facebook posts between Oct. 1 and Dec. 30, 2017, compared with 37% of men in Congress.
Very liberal or conservative legislators most likely to share news on Facebook
Highly ideological members of Congress have more Facebook followers than moderates do
In both legislative chambers, members’ ideology is a strong predictor of the number of people who follow them on Facebook.
5 facts about U.S. political donations
Americans are increasingly likely to make political donations, with the share of adults who say they have donated directly to candidates doubling since 1992.