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Published in IBTimes 15 June 2016We were supposed to be enjoying a different kind of politics. Digital technology, especially social media, was going to change the relationship between politicians and citizens.The transparency and the accountability of this brave new world were going to ensure that no politician dared lie to us again as we acted as an army of fact-checkers; our leaders' arguments would be held up to the wisdom of crowds; hypocrisy and contradiction

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Published in IBTimes 7th June 2016We've complained with long and wearisome repetitiveness about just how long and wearisomely repetitive the EU referendum campaign has been. Yet now, suddenly, just as fatigue has crept in, it's getting feverishly intense as we're sucked in by the increasingly heated, and personal arguments. When John Major gets vicious, it's like the Vicar of Dibley pulling out a flick knife - all the more compelling for its unexpectedness and for

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Politicians generally come a cropper when they assume that everyone agrees with them. Our wise leaders in the UK, and around the world, have felt on safe ground in recent months in having a pop at The Donald.Prime Minister David Cameron called him "stupid, divisive and wrong," while the new mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, declared him "ignorant". Angela Merkel labelled him a "threat to peace" (while backing Hillary Clinton).They all felt safe

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Because there is a lack of reliable polling data in Nigeria we have applied our research methodology for measuring the impact of social media conversations on political parties and leaders to ascertain who is in the driving seat heading into the up-coming elections. Covering the period from the beginning of January you can download the full report here. It does not include analysis of the elections being postponed which we are currently reviewing.

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Political Leader Tracker - August

Tue, 16 Sep 2014  |   Insights


The Prime Minister once again dominates the Leader Tracker. With over 331,000 mentions compared to 81,000 mentions of Ed Miliband this month (down from 109,000 in July). Positive mentions of the PM have increased to 4 per cent of the conversation, with youth unemployment figures and lower inflation being retweeted and welcomed. Negativity increased by 5 per cent to account for 43 per cent of the conversation. This was mainly driven by the response to the Gaza/Israel conflict, the resignation

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July Political Leader Tracker

Fri, 08 Aug 2014  |   Insights


As seen exclusively in the Telegraph the Prime Minister dominated social media in July. His final reshuffle before the General Election generated the highest volume of mentions for the month, with Michael Gove’s unexpected demotion the most talked about topic. Despite this the PM registered the biggest fall in positive sentiment of all the party leaders scoring only 2%, down 14% on last month. Driving this, 18% of all mentions urged the Prime Minister to take a

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