Democrats Who Use Twitter Are More Likely to Be Liberal

Pew Research Center found support for Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders among that group

Pew surveyed 6,077 U.S. adults who identify as Democrats or Democratic-leaning Independents sweetandsour/iStock
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Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents who use Twitter are more likely to support Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) or Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.), while former Vice President Joe Biden did not fare well among that group, according to Pew Research Center.

However, it did not bode well for Sanders that 40% of Democrats on Twitter who said they are not registered to vote or unsure of their registration status tapped him as their first choice.

Entrepreneur Andrew Yang faces a similar issue, as his support among unregistered or unsure Democrats who use Twitter was 10 points higher than among those who do not use the social platform.

The think tank surveyed 6,077 U.S. adults who identify as Democrats or Democratic-leaning Independents from Jan. 6 through 19 and shared its findings.

Pew found that 56% of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents on Twitter described their political views as liberal or very liberal, compared with 41% of non-Twitter-using Democrats.

The think tank said 65% of Democrats who don’t use Twitter believe it is more important for a Democratic candidate to seek common ground with Republicans, even if it means conceding on some issues, while just 54% of Twitter-using Democrats felt the same way, with 45% preferring a candidate who will push hard for the policies his or her party wants.

Pew Research Center

Sanders was the most-followed candidate among Democrats on Twitter, at 21%, trailed by Warren (16%), Biden (11%) and South Bend (Ind.) Mayor Pete Buttigieg (10%).

Former President Barack Obama was the most followed major political figure within this group, at 48% of Democrats on Twitter, followed by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (21%) and President Donald Trump (13%).

Pew Research Center

david.cohen@adweek.com David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.
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