97% of National Political Tweets Come From Just 10% of U.S. Users

Pew Research Center found that disapproval of President Trump spurred Twitter activity

Pew Research Center found in April that the top 10% of U.S. Twitter users in terms of activity were responsible for 80% of tweets created in the country, and on Wednesday, the think tank revealed that the ratio is even more skewed when it comes to tweets about national politics.

Pew analyzed over 1.1 million tweets from a random sample of 2,427 U.S. adults between June 8, 2018, and this past June 9, and it found that 97% of tweets from that group that mentioned national politics came from just 10% of the people in the group.

Pew Research Center

The think tank defined national politics as mentions of national politicians, institutions or groups, as well as civic behaviors, such as voting.

Pew found that while content explicitly related to those issues accounted for just 13% of the tweets it analyzed, 39% of those users tweeted on those topics at least once.




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