Hurricane Sandy overshadows candidates on Facebook
October 29th, 2012
03:49 PM ET
1 year ago

Hurricane Sandy overshadows candidates on Facebook

(CNN) – Hurricane Sandy's Facebook chatter may be as big as the storm's surge as it's swamping just about every topic on the social network's 'Talk Meter.'

The buzz for the storm is easily blowing past the conversation about the presidential candidates and the San Francisco Giants' World Series victory Monday night.

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Hurricane Sandy is registering a 7.12 on Facebook's 'Talk Meter' scale, which ranks overall chatter around an event of topic on a scale from 1-10. The World Series Monday night reeled in a 6.71 on the scale, while President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney are only registering a 3.86 and a 3.5 respectively.

Not surprisingly, the states most heavily buzzing about Sandy are on the East Coast – and currently feeling the hurricane's historic impact. Delaware and New Jersey, where the center of the storm is expected to make landfall this evening, have the highest amount of Hurricane Sandy chatter.

Hurricane Sandy Facebook buzz by state:

Delaware
New Jersey
Connecticut
Virginia
Maryland
Washington, D.C.
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
New York
New Hampshire

As far as what's being said in Facebook posts about the storm, the top words or phrases from U.S. users after Hurricane, Sandy, or Hurricane Sandy is "stay safe" and "be safe."

Top 10 Words & Phrases – US Users:

1. Sandy / hurricane / Hurricane Sandy
2. stay safe / be safe
3. storm
4. weather
5. east coast
6. power
7. my friends
8. cold
9. prayers / praying
10. wind / winds

For more raw data on mentions of the presidential candidates on Facebook, visit CNN's Facebook Election Insights.


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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. noel

    Batton down the hatches yanks!!! GOODBYE Mr President!!!
    OBAMANOS!!!

    October 29, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  2. As it should...

    As it should. Sandy does not care what party you are in. It's time to let the people in charge of emergency management do their jobs.

    October 29, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  3. joe

    take care out there. The president has done a good job in preparing for this storm our first responders are in place along with the utility people. Hope everyone stays safe.

    October 29, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  4. Gurgyl

    Yes, on OBAMA12. Mitt the twit is total disgrace and tax cheat. Show ten years of tax please. 47% comment idiot.

    October 29, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  5. GI Joe

    Romney is suggesting you go to your 2nd or 3rd home for shelter. ha ha haha ha ha ha ha

    I guess that's AFTER you moor your yacht properly. What a piece of crap. Worse than, and more out of touch, than the Shrubs.

    October 29, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |