Tuesday, November 04, 2014

The Facebook Midterm Elections


The Wall Street Journal and Facebook have analysed posts about the US midterm elections from more than 20 million Facebook users. The data from the Facebook posts has been categorized into different voter issues and concerns and mapped by the Wall Street Journal.

Facebook, Politics and the Midterms includes a series of interactive maps each dedicated to a different topic. There are six choropleth maps in total showing the geographical concerns of Facebook users, these include maps of Employment and Economic Security, Economic Equality and Mobility, Immigration Interest, Energy, Women and Health Care.

The Wall Street Journal's analysis of the maps spots a number of geographical trends. For example citizens in the southern border states are more concerned with immigration than their neighbors in the northern states. Economic Equality and Mobility seems to a particular concern for voters in the Rust Belt and Northeastern districts.
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