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Election 2012

Obama’s Convention Speech Draws Criticism

Tracked:
Sep 2, 2012 - present

During and immediately following the Democratic National Convention, there were more than 2.5 million online conversations about the event and its speakers.
 
More than one-quarter (26 percent) of conversations monitored on Twitter, Facebook, forums and blogs were critical of the President’s speech. Still, about 14 percent of conversations suggested that the President and other speakers were inspiring.
 
About 20 percent of the conversations focused on politics, discussing the progressive leaning of the Convention and its speakers.
 
Twenty-one percent of conversations noted that substantial policy was discussed at the convention and 19 percent called the economy the number one issue in this year’s campaign.
 
Compare this to conversations in the week leading up to the DNC here.
 

Topics: 
Conversations tracked: 
37478
Sources: 
Comments, 0.1% | Blogs, 4.9% | News, 16.1% | Facebook, 2.3% | Forums, 1.2% | Twitter, 75.4%
Chart type: 
Bar chart
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Line graph data: 
[{"name":"Conservative Comentary","data":[28,28,27,27,27,25,22],"dates":["2012-09-02","2012-09-03","2012-09-04","2012-09-05","2012-09-06","2012-09-07","2012-09-08"]},{"name":"Convention Was Progressive","data":[16,14,14,20,20,20,18],"dates":["2012-09-02","2012-09-03","2012-09-04","2012-09-05","2012-09-06","2012-09-07","2012-09-08"]},{"name":"Obama & Speakers Were Inspiring","data":[14,15,15,14,14,14,17],"dates":["2012-09-02","2012-09-03","2012-09-04","2012-09-05","2012-09-06","2012-09-07","2012-09-08"]},{"name":"Substantial Policy Discussed","data":[28,28,27,21,19,20,28],"dates":["2012-09-02","2012-09-03","2012-09-04","2012-09-05","2012-09-06","2012-09-07","2012-09-08"]},{"name":"Economy #1 Issue","data":[14,15,17,19,20,20,15],"dates":["2012-09-02","2012-09-03","2012-09-04","2012-09-05","2012-09-06","2012-09-07","2012-09-08"]}]
Election 2012
Election 2012

Muted Pre-Convention Buzz for Democrats

Tracked:
Aug 25, 2012 - Sep 2, 2012

During the week leading up to the Democratic National Convention – also the week that the Republicans held their convention in Tampa – the overall volume of social media conversations around the conventions was relatively low and focused on broad themes.
 
Of the nearly 167,000 conversations on Twitter, Facebook, blogs and forums, 37 percent related to the Republican convention or its speakers (often using common conservative or Republican hashtags).  
 

Chart type: 
Bar chart
[{"proportion":28,"category":"Policy","group":""},{"proportion":37,"category":"Republicans Talking About DNC","group":""},{"proportion":14,"category":"Obama's Speech","group":""},{"proportion":21,"category":"Speakers","group":""}]
Line graph data: 
[{"name":"Republicans Talking About DNC","data":[33,38,38,38,40,41,37,37],"dates":["2012-08-25","2012-08-26","2012-08-27","2012-08-28","2012-08-29","2012-08-30","2012-08-31","2012-09-01"]},{"name":"Policy","data":[25,26,26,25,28,26,29,28],"dates":["2012-08-25","2012-08-26","2012-08-27","2012-08-28","2012-08-29","2012-08-30","2012-08-31","2012-09-01"]},{"name":"Obama's Speech","data":[19,15,16,15,13,14,14,13],"dates":["2012-08-25","2012-08-26","2012-08-27","2012-08-28","2012-08-29","2012-08-30","2012-08-31","2012-09-01"]},{"name":"Speakers","data":[22,21,20,22,18,20,20,22],"dates":["2012-08-25","2012-08-26","2012-08-27","2012-08-28","2012-08-29","2012-08-30","2012-08-31","2012-09-01"]}]
Election 2012
Election 2012

During 3rd Debate, Obama Fares Better than Romney Online

Tracked:
Oct 22, 2012 - Oct 23, 2012

With less than two weeks to the 2012 Presidential Election, more than 400,000 social media users took to the internet to discuss their opinions of each candidates’ performance during and immediately following Monday’s final Presidential Debate.
 
Among the almost one-million conversations mentioning the debate, the largest segment, 41 percent, derided Governor Romney’s performance, compared to just 16% of conversations that applauded Romney.
 
President Obama fared better, with 29 percent applauding his performance and only 13 percent deriding the President. 

Chart type: 
Bar chart
[{"proportion":16,"category":"Applauded Romney's Performance","group":""},{"proportion":13,"category":"Derided Obama's Performance","group":""},{"proportion":29,"category":"Applauded Obama's Performance","group":""},{"proportion":41,"category":"Derided Romney's Performance","group":""}]
Line graph data: 
[{"name":"Applauded Romney's Performance","data":[16],"dates":["2012-10-22"]},{"name":"Derided Obama's Performance","data":[13],"dates":["2012-10-22"]},{"name":"Applauded Obama's Performance","data":[29],"dates":["2012-10-22"]},{"name":"Derided Romney's Performance","data":[41],"dates":["2012-10-22"]}]