While members of the media are covering the story of President Obama’s Twitter Townhall, OhMyGov Inc. staff examined some of the patterns in Twitter usage andthe public’s questions and comments sent to the hashtag #askobama. Just under24,875 tweets were analyzed in this report, which encompasses the periodbeginning at 9:30pm EST July 5th to 2:00pm July 6th.
Tweets by Members of Congress
OhMyGov examined patterns in the tweeted comments and questions posed bymembers of Congress to determine the extent to which members participated inthe Twitter Townhall. Use of the platform Twitter to send comments to #askobamatended to be dominated by Republicans.Figure 1 to the right shows the percentage of questions/comments posted by Congressionalrepublicans vs democrats on Twitter to the#askobama hashtag. Tweets were mostly sentfrom the Republican side of Congress (77%).With one exception (Sen. Orrin Hatch), allmembers were Representatives and notSenators.
Top Congressional Issues
Overwhelmingly, the top issues tweeted by members of Congress had to do with job creation (41%) and the federal budget (10%). A largepercentage of tweets were simply promoting the Townhall event to constituents(21%). The budget (10%) and energy & oil (8%) were the third and fourth mostpopular issue tweeted by Members. The Economy (8%) and small businessgrowth (8%) were also tied for fourth. Overregulation of business (5%) took ﬁfth
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