Every day, ScottRasmussen.com presents a data analysis of social media support for the Democratic candidates. Check here regularly to get a different perspective on how social media perceives the candidates in terms of basic support, public sentiment, and "hot topic" of discussion. methodology
30-Day Support History
The graph below shows a 30-day history of the current top five candidates based on social media activity and data
Mentions of the candidates are sourced on Twitter, Reddit, YouTube, and online news sites.
A mention is defined as an original post by an account. Retweets, likes, etc. are not considered mentions. Multiple comments about a candidate originating from the same account in a 24-hour period will be aggregated to count as one.
Each account’s mentions will be analyzed to determine the candidate the account owner is most likely to support.
The number of accounts supporting each candidate is totaled and the support score represents each candidate’s share of the total number of accounts the system has identified to be supporting one of the candidates.
The system’s methodology is dependent on both sentiment and volume of mentions. Due to the nature of media coverage, a candidate who is the focus of the news cycle will see a spike in the number of mentions, and due to the real-time analysis provided by the Eyesover system, this can be reflected in the daily support scores immediately. To smooth this volatility, the support scores represent a four-day rolling average.