October 14th, 2009
03:20 PM ET
9 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.

The most up to date analysis of the Tweetstream of about 6000 tweets.
(Photo Credit: Crimson Hexagon)

"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. AustHall

    Since Sen. Snowe is extremely popular in Maine and faces no real competition to her seat.

    I do not think she cares about 3000 Tweeting Republicans from across the USA.

    Thank you Senator Snowe for your efforts

    October 14, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  2. LouAz

    Have the "new" technology hip Repubs decided to replace the ballot box with twitter ? That will help with the long lines of Demos and Indies at the polls.

    October 14, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  3. Sgt. USMC

    Republicans are a pack of hungry rats I tell ya. If you are a decent human being and some how you are also a republican (long shot)... GET OUT NOW.

    October 14, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  4. Don

    Twitter is for twits. A study was released a few months back saying that 90% of Twitter's content was created by 20% of the users.
    That's the reason I won't even log on to Twitter. It is a useless propaganda machine.

    October 14, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  5. andrew

    This is tremendously important stuff. Next maybe you can breakdown the canned goods in her pantry and fact check the expiration dates on her dairy products.

    CNN: spam warning this story is useless!!!

    October 14, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  6. happy mainer

    Who cares what the Twitterverse thinks, up here in Maine we applaud her representing her constiuents, that why Snowe is one of the FEW Repubs elected in this great state!

    October 14, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  7. Wise Latina

    We want to know what kind of job was given to Snowe to bribe her vote? She is a disgrace that shares no values with any Republican I know. Go over to the dark side with (soon-to-be) Spectator, rather than continue to make false pretenses...

    October 14, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  8. Chris Kirkpatrick

    I really don't care what 49% of twitter comments say. Facts are facts. Olympia Snowe is a brave woman to say, "I don't like everything in this bill, but I won't stand in the way of something good for people." When you take a stand that is diametrically opposed to the views of your party like that, you are bound to make some enemies. Because she went and did it anyway means she deserves our respect and, yes, our admiration.

    October 14, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  9. AZ Jake

    Twittering twits disapprove? More than likely from behind the wheel.

    Senator Snowe is the only Republican with enough backbone to stand up for the America's best interests.

    The rest of the Rethuglicans in office are standing up for big business. And we already know how much big business cares for you and me ... squat.

    October 14, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  10. Peter s

    Olympia Snowe you are a hero!! to many American families! May God guide you and find peace !

    October 14, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  11. Stuart

    Wow, she's taking all of this heat and she has said she will not sign a bill with a public option. I wonder what is going to happen to all of the Democratic senators and congressmen who are actually backing a bill with a public option when the 2010 elections come around?

    October 14, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  12. amber

    Doesn't matter what a twitter-aholic right winger in Arizona thinks of Snowe.

    October 14, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  13. Kimberly from Hawaii

    Why are they angry with Ms. Snowe? Because she has the guts to stand up to the crazies in her party that have been "bought' by the health insurance industry? I applaud Ms. Snowe for doing the right thing, even though her party will criticize her for it. The Democratic party will wlecome her, with open arms, anytime she wishes to join the party with brains and leadership, and abandon the party of No ideas, hate and fear mongering, and ignorance.

    October 14, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  14. NVa Native

    Just reinforces the idea that mostly twits use twitter. Who cares about all this mindless pontification about or on twitter. Nothing but a bunch of ADHD pubecents being self absorbed.

    October 14, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  15. Deb (long island)

    Senator Snowe votes in the interest of her constituents and not along political lines. Susan Collins is also a respected republican for the same reason.

    October 14, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  16. Duck Fallas

    It demonstrates that morons who tweet have a propensity to piss and moan.

    October 14, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  17. Shucks

    Ms. Snowe just proved that she is an independent thinker and not totally a member of the party of NO. She is truly what the republican party needs. A person who can think and act on their own without asking anyone for their permission first.

    October 14, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  18. dcwilson

    This is some bull. You're a horrible journalist if you think this is democratic, newsworthy, or valuable to the body politics. Idiot story at best.

    October 14, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  19. Vincent Petrosino

    No, what this says is more about the tweeters than about Olympia Snowe! Do you think people who cannot afford health insurance, cannot afford to put food on the table for their families or who are senior citizens tweet? Think again. Tweeters are comfortable with what they have. I venture to say that they represent people who cannot empathize with those of us denied coverage for a pre-existing condition or have lost health coverage when they lost their jobs. Unemployed, uninsured people have more to do than tweet. They are looking for jobs.

    October 14, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  20. Blinker

    really CNN? REALLY?

    October 14, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  21. tarheel

    What other kind of vote would expect from Olympia Specter. She needs to go ahead and change parties so people won't be fooled into thinking she is a Republican. I'd gladly trade her for Ben Nelson any day of the week.

    October 14, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  22. Ed in Reno, NV

    Actually, what this demonstrates is that Republicans are a bunch of Tweakers...I mean Tweeters.

    October 14, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  23. Mickey, NY

    Seems the Twitter Twits have spoken!

    October 14, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  24. army wife

    It took more guts to go against the flow of sheep-like,anti-everything Repubs than had she played "follow the leader" and meekly voted the way she was told.

    October 14, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  25. jj

    Really CNN? You gin up controversy with Twitter?

    October 14, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
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