Interactions between Twitter users over politics can be dehumanizing, or in the case of programmed bots with Twitter accounts, certifiably non-human. But a new analysis of the Twitter followers of the presumptive presidential nominees claims that their followers are not only human, they're voters, and they have a lot in common.
According to the report by the database marketing company Stirista, the followers of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton "turn out to be more similar than different." They found followers of each had similar distributions of age (mainly over 45), levels of education, and incomes. It will require some non-Twitter follower demographic analysis closer to the election to see if these overlaps demonstrate anything about the national electorate, or just the Twitter followers of the leading candidates.
The Donald Trump's most outrageous tweets:
Craziest Donald Trump Tweets
Craziest Donald Trump Tweets
I told you @TIME Magazine would never pick me as person of the year despite being the big favorite They picked person who is ruining Germany
I would like to wish everyone, including all haters and losers (of which, sadly, there are many) a truly happy and enjoyable Memorial Day!
Just made the point at #NCGOPcon that "we have to protect our border & I think everyone here knows, nobody can build a wall like Trump!"
My twitter has become so powerful that I can actually make my enemies tell the truth.
China's Communist Party has now publicly praised Obama's reelection. They have never had it so good. Will own America soon.
While Jon Stewart is a joke, not very bright and totally overrated, some losers and haters will miss him & his dumb clown humor. Too bad!
Why is Obama playing basketball today? That is why our country is in trouble!
An 'extremely credible source' has called my office and told me that @BarackObama's birth certificate is a fraud.
Remember, I said Derek don't sell your Trump World Tower apartment...its been lucky for you. The day after he sold it, he broke his foot.
I never fall for scams. I am the only person who immediately walked out of my ‘Ali G’ interview
.@cher--I don’t wear a “rug”—it’s mine. And I promise not to talk about your massive plastic surgeries that didn’t work.
The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.
.@katyperry is no bargain but I don't like John Mayer--he dates and tells--be careful Katy (just watch!).
.@BetteMidler talks about my hair but I'm not allowed to talk about her ugly face or body --- so I won't. Is this a double standard?
It's Thursday. How much money did Barack Obama waste today on crony green energy projects?
Truly weird Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky reminds me of a spoiled brat without a properly functioning brain. He was terrible at DEBATE!
Hey @realDonaldTrump - In case you're looking for that tweet you deleted .. I got it right here. http://t.co/a6F98q5xGU
This very expensive GLOBAL WARMING bullshit has got to stop. Our planet is freezing, record low temps,and our GW scientists are stuck in ice
Everyone knows I am right that Robert Pattinson should dump Kristen Stewart. In a couple of years, he will thank me. Be smart, Robert.
26,000 unreported sexual assults in the military-only 238 convictions. What did these geniuses expect when they put men & women together?
Sorry losers and haters, but my I.Q. is one of the highest -and you all know it! Please don't feel so stupid or insecure,it's not your fault
How amazing, the State Health Director who verified copies of Obama’s “birth certificate” died in plane crash today. All others lived
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In unsurprising news, the analysis shows Clinton has a higher proportion of women and non-white people following her, and Trump has a higher proportion of men. It also shows major policy differences on gun control, gay marriage, and immigration. Trust your intuition, and it will guide you to how each candidate's followers feel about each.
The analysis compared Twitter information to Stirista's database of American voter information:
Stirista pulled the follower handles on April 25, 2016, and matched them to its national database, looking for email addresses, and then matched those emails to the Stirista Political database of information about U.S. voters. Of Trump's 8.1 million Twitter followers, Stirista identified 660,000 email addresses and matched those to 97,000 names on the voter database. In Clinton's case, 6.2 million Twitter followers generated 600,000 emails and matched to 100,000 voter names. Thus, in both cases, the large volumes ensure a high level of confidence that the samples are statistically significant.
It found that about 90 percent of both candidates' followers are regular or infrequent voters, leaving only about 10 percent of each candidate's followers new to the process. This is consistent with a Politico analysis that showed that Trump wasn't bringing new voters into the process as he claimed. The political trolls aren't always bots or conflict loving nihilists it turns out, quite often they're just normal American voters.