If you get most of your news from Twitter, you’re probably not getting the full story or as a new study suggests — what’s trending may be just “trending” on one side.
According to a year-long study from Pew Research Center, when dealing with political issues the Twitter-universe tends to lean to the left.
Pew’s study zeroed in on eight major events from the past year – including the first presidential debate and President Barack Obama’s 2nd term re-election – and results between tweets and actual scientific polling differed significantly.
For example, take Obama’s re-election. It was received with much fanfare on Twitter with a whopping 77 percent of tweets praising Obama’s 2nd term victory.
This, while only 23 percent shared negative views.
When you look at the legitimate “scientific” polling, only 52% were happy with the re-election – a far cry from the commanding 77 percent Twitter whisked up. Actual polling also showed a more balanced 45 percent to be unhappy with the election.
With all this considered, the Pews study also points out that the Twitter arena is overrun by a much younger demographic who tweet and get their news more regularly on Twitter than the general public.
The statistic also explains why Justin Bieber and his hi-jinx trend every other hour. Consider that mystery, solved.