Facebook’s Data on 15 Different Presidential Fandoms

We’re still about six months away from a single ballot being cast in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary. Since there’s little getting out the vote or door to door campaigning going on, the race consists of political brands competing with marketing, much of it on Facebook. We analyzed over 15M liberal and very liberal Facebook users who are “interested” in the different candidates, and found some interesting outliers and trends that map to aspects of the different candidates’ backgrounds and platforms. Continue reading “Facebook’s Data on 15 Different Presidential Fandoms”

Why Have 29 Congressional Democrats Stopped Supporting Medicare for All in 2019?

After the 2018 elections were over, we calculated that there were about 130 Democrats elected to Congress who either already were co-sponsors of Medicare for All (H.R. 676), or signaled clear support for Medicare for All during their campaigns.

Last week, when Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) introduced 2019’s version of Medicare for All (H.R. 1384), the bill had 106 co-sponsors, 103 of whom had votes that counted. It’s another painful but important lesson about the limits of politely pushing elected officials to the left; just because they co-sponsor or promise to support legislation doesn’t mean they’ll actually stick around or expend any political capital to make it happen.

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10 Insights on Gamers’ Political Views (According to Facebook Data)

The revolution isn’t happening yet. Way more people need to be radicalized before capitalism can be dismantled. There are many lenses through which people can build solidarity and organize; the workplace, housing, healthcare, etc., but one potential area of praxis where the left is playing catch-up is in video gaming.

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