Wednesday, May 2, 2012

What Does Social Media Tell us About Idaho Politics?

Posted By on Wed, May 2, 2012 at 3:18 PM

With the primary election coming up, BW put together some quick metrics using social media.

Number of "likes" on Facebook:

Idaho Republican Party: 446
Idaho Democratic Party: 3,772
Ada County Democrats: 504
Ada County Republicans: 334
The Idaho Tea Party: 20
Tea Party Boise: 73
Drinking Liberally Boise: 315
Obama for America—Idaho: 1,418
Idaho for Mitt Romney: 70
Idaho Republicans for Mitt Romney: 10
Nicole LeFavour: 658 subscribers
Mike Simpson: 831
Boise State College Republicans: 125
Boise State College Democrats: 37
Chuck Winder: 1,076 friends
Chuck Winder for Idaho: 103
James Mace, Chuck Winder's challenger: 1,250 friends

Followers on Twitter:

Idaho GOP: 2,080
Boise State College Republicans: 50
Idaho Dems: 1,705
Senator Chuck Winder: 65
James Mace, Chuck Winder's challenger: 46

From that data, it appears that President Barack Obama and the Democrats will sweep Idaho, but struggle in Ada County, and that while people may claim to be friends with Chuck Winder, no one likes or follows him.

Also, there are seven times as many Idahoans for Mitt Romney as there are Idaho Republicans for Mitt Romney, meaning a closed primary was a really bad idea, or Romney is actually a filthy moderate.

Reader analysis of the above data may be offered in the comment box below.

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