Welcome to the world of new media, where Ron Paul fanatics can counter the media silence toward their candidate. A recent study by the Pew's Project for Excellence for Journalism, found that the percentage of tweets about Ron Paul that regard him favorably top the GOP field.
The Huffington Post described the report Thursday, saying that Paul fans are kinder to him than other GOP candidates for president.
For Paul, who's long enjoyed a strong following online, the social media conversation has been much kinder than the national media's coverage. Pew's Project for Excellence for Journalism, in a new study analyzing more than 20 million election-related tweets from May through November, found that Paul "fared far better" than any other Republican candidate. Paul was referred to positively in 55 percent of the 1.1 million assessments about him on Twitter studied during this period. Only 15 percent of those assessments were negative, and 30 percent were neutral.
"This treatment of Paul stands in contrast to that of most of the GOP field, for whom Twitter has been a tough neighborhood," the study found. "Five of Paul's seven GOP rivals have had negative opinions on Twitter outstrip positive ones by roughly 2-1 or more." (Full article.)
The report shows a clear trend: Twitter users love Ron Paul. The favor Ron Paul receives from Twitter users is interesting, however, considering that his following is not considerably larger than other Republican candidates.
Twitter followers on 12/8/11:
- Newt Gingrich's personal Twitter handle, @NewtGingrich: 1,369,835
- Mitt Romney's 2012 campaign twitter handle, @MittRomney: 191,534
- Ron Paul's 2012 campaign twitter handle, @RonPaul: 119,316.
- Rick Perry's personal twitter feed, @GovernorPerry: 106,577.