If the 2012 election were decided on Twitter, Ron Paul would be our next president

Friday, December 9, 2011
By Paul Martin

By Dylan Stableford

Ron Paul would win the Republican nomination by a landslide and unseat Barack Obama to become the 45th President of the United States–if the 2012 presidential race were held on Twitter.

That’s according to a new study by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism, which examined more than 20 million tweets about the 2012 campaign published between May 2 and November 27.

Paul “has enjoyed the most favorable tone on Twitter of all candidates examined,” the study found. Since May, more than half (55 percent) of tweets about the Republican hopeful have been positive–the highest percentage of any candidate in the GOP field. And just 15 percent of tweets about Paul have been negative–the lowest percentage of any candidate.

Compare that treatment to, say, Newt Gingrich, who has been subject to more negative tweets (40 percent) than positive (21 percent) by nearly a 2-to-1 margin. However, the study noted, Gingrich has seen his positive tweet stock rise in recent weeks, an effect (and, perhaps in part, cause) of the former House speaker’s rise in the polls.

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