Angry Tweets and Interest Groups

Angry Tweets and Interest Groups



Sean Newhouse


This presentation was given live at 1:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 via Zoom. A recording of the presentation is included below.



Twitter is where much of the communication concerning politics happens. But little research has been done into which tweets are most successful at getting likes, retweets, and replies. Through a content analysis of more than 2,000 tweets from two pairs of diametrically opposed interest groups, this research aims to answer if tweets that include argumentative, or disagreeable, language receive more likes, retweets, and replies than tweets without argumentative language. The tweets were collected over a two-month period leading up to the 2018 Midterm elections, which includes the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings. The statistically significant data suggest that tweets with argumentative language do receive more public feedback than tweets without it.

Publication Date


Project Designation

Honors Thesis

Primary Advisor

Daniel R. Birdsong

Primary Advisor's Department

Political Science


Stander Symposium project, College of Arts and Sciences

Angry Tweets and Interest Groups