Presidential Candidates Ranked on Social Media Voter Engagement


2012 Presidential Candidates Amp Up Campaigns on Social Media Platforms

Will social media really weight the 2012 Presidential Election?

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2012 Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney Gives a Speech at the Republican National Convention in Tampa on August 30, 2012

CNN reported on Aug 17 that President Barack Obama is beating Mitt Romney in social media engagement. Presidential Candidates and all politicians are pushing key messages on social media platforms just as politicians did in the 2010 elections.

But do social media “likes” turn into 2012 Presidential Campaign votes for the candidates?

If “likes” equaled votes, Obama would beat Mitt Romney 19 to 1, but the polls report the two are tied (Aug.30)!

President Obama boasts 19 million Twitter followers. Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney(R) had just over one million followers as of September 11 2012.

Experts have been debating that if a candidate is less engaged on social media they may not be in touch with the issues – REALLY? Aren’t all Presidential candidates aware of budget problems? The economic down turn? Continued delay in building key industries in the United States?

This country is in serious trouble if the only qualification for running it is your number of Twitter followers or Facebook “likes.”

For businesses, social media provides redundancy in advertisement messaging and creates “viral” messages that spread fast to millions.

For Presidential Candidates, social media is important for communication and for voter research, but status updates are unlikely to sway undecided voters.

On Aug. 30, 2012 during Mitt Romney’s speech at the Republican National Convention, many Tweeps posted comments:

  • @WSJ (Wall Street Journal) Romney: We can stand and say, “I’m an American. I make my destiny. And we deserve better!” http://on.wsj.com/ODrmY8 #GOP2012
  • @MittRomney This is a vote for what kind of America we’re going to have – I vote for freedom & free people #BelieveInAmerica
  • @thejimjams Clint Eastwood’s wildest quotes from tonight’s appearance: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0812/80500.html
  • @ebaysurfer “@HomerWhite: #Romney: I do so with humility..deeply moved by the #trust you placed in me.” #RTnMyTL

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