Pew Examines the Partisan Divide on Social Media Among the 116th Congress

Democrats have more followers and are more active, while Republicans see more engagement

76% of Democrats had mentioned Black Lives Matter or #BlackLivesMatter since Jan. 1, 2015, versus just 10% of Republicans anton_novik/iStock

The explosion in social media use in recent years has not bypassed Congress, as a new study from Pew Research Center found that the typical, median member currently tweets 81% more often than in 2016, has nearly three times as many followers and sees over six times as many retweets, while on Facebook, 48% more posts are produced and followers and shares are up roughly 50%. David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.