October 14th, 2009
03:20 PM ET
5 years ago

Analysis: Half of Twitter comments studied critical of Snowe

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The largest number of comments on Twitter after Sen. Olympia Snowe's vote in support of the Senate Finance Committee $829 billion health care proposal came from people angry about her decision.

According to Crimson Hexagon and Mashable, of the roughly 6,000 tweets that mentioned Snowe and were selected and examined following the votes Monday (from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. ET) and Tuesday (between 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. ET). Forty-nine percent of those tweets communicated an anti-Snowe message. Those tweets fell into roughly three categories: "Get her out" (21 percent), "Shame on her" (19 percent) and "Call 2 protest" (10 percent).

Forty-four percent of those surveyed sent out a message congratulating the senator for her vote, and 6 percent noted that they don't care or that the "bill sucks" regardless.

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The most up to date analysis of the Tweetstream of about 6000 tweets.
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"What this demonstrates is the loudest voices in the conversation," says Crimson Hexagon executive Melyssa Plunkett-Gomez. "Of the tweets that we analyzed, it represents the proportions of tweets that are reflecting these sentiments. The loudest voice is anti-Olympia Snowe."

Crimson Hexagon is a non-partisan company that analysis the conversation on the Internet, including Twitter. It uses an algorithm that monitors the sentiment of tweets. The survey was commissioned by Mashable, a leading technology blog.

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soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. R in Maine

    Only half were critical of Snowe? That is amazing with all of those half-witted fascist GOP people out there organizing responses of hate for anyone who would try to get health care for all people.

    October 14, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  2. IndyVoter

    OF COURSE she's being criticized. If you are a Republican and you don't go along with RUSH'S REICH then you will be tarred & feathered, ridiculed and mocked, caned 50 times and then sent to the guillotine. Republicans eat their own and like it.

    October 14, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  3. army wife

    It took more guts to go against the flow of sheep-anti-everything Repubs than "follow the Leader".

    October 14, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  4. Wayne

    Bravo!!!!! Ms. Snowe.

    October 14, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
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