American Political Ideology, A Twitter Bot Approach (The Crosstab)

The lack of ideological constraint among the American public–possession of liberal stances on some issues and conservative stances on others–has been a defining feature of much political science research on mass belief systems. The modern day political climate makes it easy to overlook this reality that few people fall entirely on one side of the political divide. With that in mind, G. Elliott Morris (from The Crosstab) and I worked together to devise a Twitter bot to illustrate this lack of ideological constraint among Americans. Using data from the 2016 CCES, our program randomly selects an individual who took this nationally representative survey, randomly selects three of this individual’s expressed issue positions, and tweets out those positions along with the individual’s party and ideology. More details on this process can be found here on this blog post on The Crosstab, and the twitter handle itself can be found here.

Update: Check out an article over at Slate about the bot here.

American Political Ideology, A Twitter Bot Approach (The Crosstab)

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