July 14th, 2010
07:47 PM ET
13 years ago

Analysis: Gibbs' midterm comments had effect on Twitterverse

(CNN) - An analysis of tweets in the days around White House press secretary Robert Gibbs' comments about the midterm elections suggest the White House press secretary's words did have an effect in the Twitterverse.

On Sunday's "Meet the Press," Gibbs answered a question on whether Democrats might lose their grip on power in Congress: "I think there is no doubt there are enough seats in play - that could cause Republicans to gain control."

In the days before Gibbs' comments, tweets that supported Democrats in the midterms were higher than those that supported Republicans, 57-47 percent, according to Crimson Hexagon, which analyzes social media chatter.

From Sunday to Monday, those numbers reversed - 53 percent of tweets were pro-Republicans to 43 percent pro-Democrat, according to Melyssa Plunkett-Gomez, Crimson Hexagon vice president of business development.

While not scientific, the analysis searched for messages that contained pro-Democrat/anti-Republican sentiments or made more specific statements reflecting a position that supported Democrats keeping control of Congress, Plunkett-Gomez said, and those that contained pro-GOP/anti-Democrat sentiments or statements or advocated a Republican takeover of Congress.

The number of tweets expressing both sentiments increased dramatically in the days around Gibbs comments - from 1,000 to 1,600 between July 1 and Sunday, to 3,000 Sunday and Monday, Plunkett-Gomez said.


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soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Susan

    I look at Gibb's comments as a spark to light a fire under disgruntled Democrats who threaten not to vote. This is what will happen if they stay home on Nov 2nd. I want to thank Robert Gibbs for telling it like it is. Turnout can make the difference. We need to remind Democrats that NOW is the time to vote.

    July 14, 2010 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  2. Steve in MN

    Oh, PU-LEEEEZE!!!!!!!!!

    He's being paid to be 'at her side' just like he was last renewal cycle.

    As soon as Caribou gets her arse handed to her in the primary – "and, POOF, you wuz gone".

    It takes virtually no subterfuge to completely fool the Red Meat Far Right Wing Nut base!

    Yee haw!!!

    July 14, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  3. Kevin in Ohio

    The twitterverse...... what is happening to this country?

    July 14, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  4. Hendrik

    Gibbs is quite right. Sensibility may very well lose out to the terrible policies of the Republicans. The only ones who can stop it are the Democrats who step up to the plate. As is always the case, Democrats are cowards who do not fight. They have far better and reasoned ideas but roll over at the slightest sign of disagreement. Our Democratic representatives and senators are perfect examples. They are so set on their individual benefit that they don't see the country's benefit. Landrieu, Nelson, Lincoln. They are worse than Republicans. What a sad lot these Democrats are.

    July 14, 2010 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  5. Larry

    I truly don't get what the big deal over this is, the many outcomes of any election day are ALL equally possible

    The man answered a simple question, with the simplest of answers, and correctly so

    Lets move on here ...

    July 14, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  6. Larry

    Now we are counting Tweets

    An easily manipulated number

    Please people, can we act like intelligent humans

    Or is that too much to ask these days

    Who's reading all these tweets

    Why do they read your tweets

    What else are we tweeting about

    What a plastic world we live in

    July 14, 2010 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  7. WILLARD BULLOCK

    Gibbs are right than nancy that demorctaion will lose cause obama have too much problems

    July 14, 2010 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  8. WILLARD BULLOCK

    Gibbs are right than nancy that demorctaion will lose cause obama have too much problems
    Im belive that untied state will not vote for presdient obama cause he is going keep poor

    July 14, 2010 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  9. Keith in Austin

    Funny stuff! Gibbs is the poster boy for Democrat attacks for speaking about what every clear-minded American already know is true!

    July 14, 2010 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  10. George of the jungle

    Thats great news. Now if everyone will donate a few bucks maybe we can stop the wingnuts. Why is CNN reporting on Palins tweets??? She is not news only another bigot. Lets stop thes tea baggers befor they do any more damage to this country.After seeing the bilboard can you say the NAACP is wrong. These peolpe are financed by the repos don't be fooled. Vote them out come November

    July 14, 2010 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  11. stevegee

    Obama's poll numbers are tanking because people now realize he and the Democrats are trying to "change" our country into a Socialist nightmare.

    Wake up people! In November, vote American, vote Republican.

    July 14, 2010 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  12. Brice

    Gibbs is a pompous moron.

    July 14, 2010 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  13. Paul H

    No, no that's not what I meant when I said those things, but not the way you think I did.

    July 14, 2010 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    So helping people to get Insurance is makes you Hitler. But going to Iraq to kill people that was being killed by a ruthless dictator makes you a patriot. Wow and this has nothing to do with race....The Tea Party is full of a buch of racist. By the way if we are talking about naive, the people that believed that Iraq had WMD's are the naive ones.

    July 14, 2010 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  15. marcamp

    Isn't there a way we can vote Gibbs out of office? This brash, sarcastic man was the right pick for the people he represents....brash, sarcastic and arrogant....and clueless!

    July 14, 2010 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  16. Just say no to tea

    Dear tea party idiots,
    Like driving in this country, enjoy paved roads? Guess what? Socialized Transportation!!!

    Like public schools? Guess what? SOCIALIZED education.

    Get a grip.

    July 14, 2010 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  17. JES

    Some times you just need to keep your mouth shut.

    I thought you were Biden for a minute.

    July 14, 2010 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  18. George of the jungle

    great job robert. I sent my few bucks in. Let's mow these tea baggers down come november. Just listen to the repos with their stupid comments about Obbimmie and such. They only can call names and spout hate, no ideas no brains no common sense and no balls Vote them all out. The party of NO

    July 14, 2010 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  19. Margaret Lehmann

    Disgusting and typical of the Fear and Paranoia types. Can anyone even imagine these frightening people in positions of importance to every American?

    July 14, 2010 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  20. Dave60062

    Well, when you're a "loose organization" you don't have to be accountable to anyone. It also means that you don't have to actually have any solutions, just freedom to whine. What I learned when I was young is, if you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem.

    July 14, 2010 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  21. Obozo's Recod Deficit + Higher Taxes

    OBOZO is an idiot.
    GIIBS is an idiiot.
    PELOSI is an idiot.

    The THREE IDIOTS deserve one another.

    July 14, 2010 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  22. vwrtb

    I vote for job creation... Good paying jobs... Hence it will be a long time coming that I support any republican! Republicans are nothing but corporate tools!

    July 14, 2010 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  23. Speaking Truth

    Congratulations, Mr. Gibbs. It's been over a year and a half and finally an objective answer is heard. It is such a refreshing change from the usual propaganda, BS, and excuses why this administration is so focused on campaigning around the country to help Democrats instead of doing what is necessary to create jobs, help the economy, and fix government processes and controls to prevent another oil rig disaster. Did everyone notice how angry DemoKKKrats were about Mr Gibbs's comments? It's just like the Democrats to go after their own so fiercely when one doesn't "march in step" with the rest of the partisan politicians. The same thing happened when Senator Hillary Clinton voted for the war in Iraq: they jumped all over her, too. A strong independent movement in November will help stop this domination of government by one of two parties. In the meantime, keep up the good work, Mr. Gibbs.

    July 15, 2010 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  24. No democrats, please

    Hopefully the democrats lose the super majority for good. They showed that even with all the votes, all they could do is pass some garbage bills. Their stupidity will cripple the economy for years to come.

    I will vote republican this year. Not for the (R) party sake, but to get rid of the (D) dimwits that have been rubber-stamping Obama's horrible agenda.

    July 15, 2010 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  25. snow

    Tweets my behind, that is the fat lady singing for the demorats.

    July 15, 2010 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
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