Ron Paul Number One in a Poll

A Pew Research study shows Paul is by far the most well-liked presidential candidate on Twitter.
Fri December 9, 2011 2:05 am
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If you’re on the Internet and sentient, you probably know some people who would like to tell you about Ron Paul. And if it seems like more people talk about Paul than any other Republican presidential candidate, you’re right.  

A new study by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism analyzed campaign coverage from May 2 to November 27 and examined various forms of media, including more than 20 million tweets. The results showed that 55 percent of all tweets about Paul were positive, 15 percent were negative, and 30 percent were neutral.

By contrast, only 19 percent of the tweets about Mitt Romney were positive, 40 percent were negative, and 41 percent were neutral. (Imagine: a plurality is neutral about Mitt Romney). 

And Rick Perry? Fifteen percent positive, 55 percent negative and 29 percent neutral.

The study also noted that the Paul conversation really heated up on Twitter between November 21 and 27, right around the time he began to be taken more seriously as a candidate and traditional media began covering his strong Iowa poll numbers. 

President Obama was the most talked-about candidate overall, generating more discussion on Twitter than all the Republican candidates put together. Most of that was critical: 51 percent negative, 33 percent neutral, and only 17 percent positive. 

But Paul was the only candidate whose positive response outweighed the negative, not only on Twitter, but on blogs and in traditional news media.

“While he trails significantly in the polls, and has received less coverage than every Republican candidate except Rick Santorum from news outlets, Paul seems to have struck a chord with some cohort in social media,” the study said.

You might say he’s won the Internet. 

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