The Spin Factor

Twitter’s Partisan Divide

Last week on Twitter, even Congress’ hashtags were partisan. Seven out of Congress’ top eight hashtags were used primarily, if not exclusively, by Democrats—including #fathersday.

Last week, Congress’ most-used hashtag was #renew911vcf. The call for a bill permanently renewing the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund was tweeted 254 times—244 of which were by Democrats. Three other top hashtags were used exclusively by Democrats: #forthepeople, #netneutrality, and #healthcareweekend.

Meanwhile, the most-used hashtag by Republicans was #flagday, with 60% of uses coming from the right.

It’s worth noting that congressional Democrats use hashtags more frequently than Republicans—but their differences of opinion remain clear.