Election 2016: Campaigns as a Direct Source of News
Today’s presidential candidates are increasingly prioritizing social media outreach, while the role of campaign websites is shifting.
Most Americans already feel election coverage fatigue
59% of Americans feel exhausted by the amount of election coverage, while 39% say they like getting a lot of coverage about the election.
How the 2016 presidential campaign is being discussed on Reddit
We looked at the role of news on the site and how users were discussing the presidential candidates in the lead-up to the primaries. Here are 5 key findings.
Liberal Democrats most likely to have learned about election from Facebook
Reports that Facebook employees may have suppressed conservative news stories from the platform’s trending topics section have prompted the chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee to ask the company for answers. News plays a prominent role on Facebook – 63% of Facebook users (or 41% of all U.S. adults) say they get news on the […]
Who are the Democratic superdelegates?
The 700+ unpledged party leaders and elected officials are mostly white, mostly men and mostly Hillary Clinton supporters.
Voters have a dim view of primaries as a good way to pick the best candidate
Just 35% of voters say that the primaries have been a good way of determining the best- qualified nominees.
Republicans skeptical their party would unite behind Trump
Roughly half of Ted Cruz’s and John Kasich’s supporters say that Trump would make a “poor” or “terrible” president.
Half of those who aren’t learning about the election feel their vote doesn’t matter
About one-in-ten Americans (9%) did not learn about this year’s presidential election in a given week from any of 11 types of sources asked about in a January Pew Research Center survey. One striking trait of this group is their lack of faith in the impact of voting. Half of this group thinks that their […]
Seven-in-Ten Reddit Users Get News on the Site
Presidential candidates were mentioned in over 350,000 comments in May, June and September 2015, with a high level of early interest in Bernie Sanders
Among Millennials engaged in primaries, Dems more likely to learn about the election from social media
While Millennials overall are more likely than older generations to get political news through social media, there are striking party-line differences, particularly among Millennials who say they are very likely to take part in the primaries and caucuses.