The EU Elections on Twitter

The EU Elections on Twitter. Pew Research Journalism Project. Katerina Eva Matsa and Mark Jurkowitz. May 22, 2014.

An analysis of the conversation on Twitter leading up to the European Parliament elections suggests mixed sentiment toward the European Union (EU) and a general lack of passion about the candidates seeking the European Commission presidency. More than 1.2 million tweets in English, French and German collected between May 1-14, a decidedly mixed view about the EU emerged. In English, 31% of the assertions on Twitter about the EU were positive toward the EU, compared with 39% that were negative and 30% that were neutral. The Twitter conversation in French broke down the same basic way, 33% positive, 39% negative and 28% neutral. And while the German language conversation about the EU on Twitter was much more positive (39%) than negative (5%), these views were embedded in a low intensity conversation that represented a mere fraction of the Twitter activity in French and English. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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