PEJ New Media Index: Social Media Users Focus on Ron Paul

Jan 12, 2012

The GOP candidate who has consistently proven to be a favorite among social media users was among the top subjects on blogs and YouTube last week, triggering a debate about his politics and policies.

For the week of January 2-6, stories about the presidential campaign, most prominently featuring Rep. Ron Paul, constituted the No. 4 subject on blogs, according to PEJ's New Media Index. The second most-viewed news video on YouTube was also related to his campaign.

The results of the Iowa caucuses-where Paul finished third-and an opinion piece claiming Paul's libertarian beliefs present a challenge to liberals led to complex conversations on different sides of the  political divide.

Read the full report, Social Media Users Focus on Ron Paul, on the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism Web site.

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