“The ECHO” is a publication by George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management. This version covers political activity on Twitter in the United States. February 2015, 2018. All the data in this post, as well as our methodology, is available on our PEORIA project. Website And weekly by email (Subscribe here). Also available on our website is the first edition of the ECHO quarterly, summarizing the three big things it can teach research campaigns and elected officials. We will present a deep-dive of our #metoo research on GSPM’s upcoming conference “Reimaging Decisions” on 28 February.register here), So ECHO will return next week on 8 March.
This time it looks different. Normal cycle after a mass shooting Thoughts and prayers, And argued that opponents of gun control this is there’s no time Survivors were seen during the Valentine’s Day school shooting in Parkland, Florida, over their heads as people were grieving to discuss the issue. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Traveled Meetings and a rally in the state capitol were also taken to social media where he focused on the post-shooting discussion with the hashtag. #Never again, Which tweeted not only about the shooting but also the role of the National Rifle Association, gun control and their two American allies.
Meanwhile, the main story of the week was signs of Russian citizens in their efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election. The ECHO will examine this issue with an upcoming special election to represent Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District.
Spotlight Faces. Follow the pattern above previous mass shootings where discussions centered on gun control quickly spread by entry to provide a place to escape misery. This seemingly sensitive response has been an effective political strategy to exclude focused discussion of changing gun policy. On our basis Previous reportingA large-scale shooting focuses on Twitter for a few days and then moves away from national discussion, as outlined in it. Last week’s edition Of ECHO. The fact that it did not happen this week – the volume of the tweet actually increased during the week – is a testament to the surviving students, staff and their families who had just decided the time to discuss gun control.
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This week, survivors and supporters started tagging the post with #NeverAgain, which is usually added to the #PrayFor hashtag we expect after mass shootings or natural disasters. The results were 3,148,838 related posts about the Parnland shooting, (362 percent over the previous week), 2,754,713 posts (599 percent) about gun control and changing gun laws, and about 3,389,009 posts a week about the National Rifle Association. ). In total, there were 9.2 million related posts in the first week, making it the most-tweeted topic in its first week that we’ve covered since The ECHO launched at the end of last summer.
In addition to the NRA and gun control issues, both US senators from Florida saw significant increases in the attention of Twitter users. While 123 percent of Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson was pre-Parkland, conversations about him sprung 201 percent to 50,344 related tweets. Republican Sen. Marco Rubio’s tweets were 153 percent on 679,389 posts, topping them in our weekly leaderboard among newspapers. Both senators and the NRA were represented CNN Town Hall About gun control on Wednesday night, which peaked the Twitter volume directed at the trio.
As expected in last week’s edition of the ECHO, the volume of tweets about President Trump rose 45 percent from the previous week to 8,159,641, almost a third of the average he rolled on stage. The administration told the chairman Intend to travel Parkland but ended up holding a Listening session In the White House, which attracted significant attention.
Investigation and prosecution. This week, special counsel Robert Muller’s investigative team Found guilty 13 Russian citizens and three Russian corporations for conspiracy and hacking to influence the 2016 presidential election. For most of the week, it would have been the top story as 2016 saw an organized, well-funded and widespread effort to push Trump at the expense of Hillary Clinton. Trump responded, clearly on Twitter. Tweet Redirection The fault Over its predecessor. Mueller-related Twitter volume increased 291 percent week-on-week to 242,846 related posts. Conversations about the investigation and the indictments attracted 176,596 tweets, 162 percent from the previous week.
Election. The race for the open seat of Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District is entering its stretch run before the vote on March 13, and Republican Rick Saccone Holds Five points lead over Democratic rival Conor Lamb, down by one point Previous election Using the same type of demographic load. This is happening in a district where President Trump has more than a 50 percent approval rating and where Cook is a political report Is district At R + 11, a significant expected edge for Republicans. The signals are mixed and given the size of the sample in this relatively quiet run there is a lot of statistical voting noise. Our data shows the amount of Lamb’s tweets that have leveraged on Saccone in our tracking across platforms, down 12 percent from the previous week (29,413 related posts), but still more than double what Saccone (13,417 related posts) ), Despite an increase of 63 percent week-on-week.