Saturday 24 March 2018

Three Exit Poll Social Media Reactions

Clare Cullen

Clare Cullen

The social media reaction to the countrywide exit polls has, for the most part, been in stark contrast with the actual expected results of the voting.

1. Dublin European Election Exit Poll - Reaction Split

The response on the Facebook page to the exit polls for the Dublin European election appear to be mixed, with a percentage of commenters thrilled for Sinn Fein's Lynn Boylan and others displeased with the spread of candidates.



2. South Constituency's European Election Exit Poll - Majority Negative

Online reaction the news of the South Constituency's #EP14 predicted results appears to be overwhelmingly negative.

In particular, this stark contrast between the exit poll predictions and the reaction to said results online begs the question - why?

It has been said that social media can predict or even swing an election, but is that an unfair or incorrect assumption, or are voters for/against for certain parties just more vocal than others online?

Another theory is that the negative comments rise to the surface on social media, with satisfied voters not feeling the need to air their agreement with the results.

Regardless of the reason, it's interesting to see the disconnect between votes and tweets.


3. Luke Ming Flanagan's expected election to Europe - overwhelmingly positive

While there are a few words like "clown" and "joke" thrown around, the majority of online responses to the news the Luke Ming Flanagan looks likely to secure a seat in Europe have been positive, with many congratulating the political and some commenters even declaring "team Ming all the way!"


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