This is not a poll or a direct question to people on Twitter, but instead a map reflecting the climate or specific conversation in the Twitterverse on the Tea Party movement. The data reflects activity the day before as well as on Election Day. The analysis of relevant tweets reveals six common categories or threads of conversation: three against the Tea Party (criticizing the movement's policies or political leanings, and general criticism), and three in favor of the Tea Party (supporting the movement's policies or criticizing Washington politics, and general support). You can roll over each state for a breakdown of the categories, to the extent location information is available. And while we may know some location information for individual tweets, we do not know the political preferences of the people tweeting. Note: States in gray have too few geo-located tweets to analyze.
This map reflects the climate in the Twitterverse as it relates to the Tea Party Movement between May 17 and October 1, a period covering the majority of primaries involving Tea Party Movement candidates.
The results are based on CNN and Crimson Hexagon's analysis of Twitter comments on the midterm elections. The analysis not only examines keywords, hashtags and Twitter handles but also statistical patterns of words to help identify key themes and threads of conversation.