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Project Citation: 

Hemphill, Libby. Appealing to the Base or to the Moveable Middle? Incumbents’ Partisan Messaging Before the 2016 U.S. Congressional Elections. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2018-04-08.

Project Description

Summary:  View help for Summary Contains weekly measures of partisanship for verified official US Congress Twitter accounts for Sep - Nov 2016. In the main CSV, variables included are Twitter handle, party affiliation, margin of victory, week, and absolute value of #polar score. Tags files include the Twitter handle, all hashtags it posted during the period, and the number of times it posted each tag. Scores files include #polar scores for both tags and users for each week and for the whole period. The original #polar-score paper:  

Hemphill, L., Culotta, A., & Heston, M. (2016). #Polar Scores: Measuring partisanship using social media content. Journal of Information Technology & Politics. 13(4). doi: 10.1080/19331681.2016.1214093

And the working paper for this project:

Hemphill, L. and Shapiro, M.A., (2018). Partisan Messaging Before the 2016 Congressional Election. Midwest Political Science Association Conference, Chicago, IL, April 5 – 8.

Files here corrected errors identified in the MPSA paper, and so results will not exactly match those presented in the paper.
Funding Sources:  View help for Funding Sources National Science Foundation (1822228)

Scope of Project

Subject Terms:  View help for Subject Terms social media; United States Congress; political communication; social media
Time Period(s):  View help for Time Period(s) 9/2016 – 11/2016 (Fall 2016)

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