2016 Presidential Race: Sentiment Analysis
There is no doubt that the upcoming election is one of the most hotly contested political events ever to occur in the United States of America. Never before has the American public been so divided, unsure of, and confused by the stances of the two candidates, Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump. Many have taken to the Internet and varying social media outlets to discuss, rant, and express their opinions about the upcoming debate.
There is a consistent viewpoint by many online that neither candidate is deserving of the title of President. Whether you are a registered Democrat or Republican, both candidates have given the public reason to pause when deciding for whom to vote. Trump is considered a loose cannon and unqualified, while Clinton is considered untrustworthy. Some Americans have taken this sentiment to the extreme, making jokes about voting for a candidate based on issues of non-political substance, such as guacamole and the iPhone headphone jack.
The media, at least on Twitter, seems to be overwhelmingly against Trump. This does not, however, mean that they are pro-Clinton. It is commonly agreed upon that Trump’s PR and media tactics are unorthodox and inconsiderate to the feelings of many Americans. From Trump’s claims to “build a wall” to keep out illegal immigrants to Pence’s refusal to denounce the KKK, Trump has certainly brewed up a storm of opinions on Twitter.
Hilary Clinton sees mixed reviews on Twitter, but many see her as the preferred candidate to Trump. Despite her email scandal, Clinton’s strong and storied background as a successful politician and advisor to key political figures such as President Obama is enough to buy her credibility among those who frequent social media to distribute their election opinions.
The polls are continuing to move as the nation decides with whom they will side and elect as the next President of the United States. At first, Clinton had a decisive lead over Trump, but in the last week and a half, things have begun to shift as Trump has gained some traction thanks to recent campaigns. No matter which side you are leaning toward in this election, it is undeniable that each and every vote is a powerful one. It is exceptionally important to do your research, fact check social media posts, and balance your social media with hard, fact-based news before casting your vote in this historic election. The Presidential Debates will also be a meaningful influence among voters and their social media followers.