Word cloud displays top 50 words used in statements by citizen newsmakers during the GOP Primary. Time Frame is Jan 2 – April 10.

Word cloud displays top 50 words used in statements by citizen newsmakers during the GOP Primary. Time Frame is Jan 2 – April 10.

During the GOP Primary, language used by citizen newsmakers was very candidate-centric. Instead of discussing policy issues, citizens were focused on the personalities of the candidates. The prominence of the words “like”, “know”, “guy”, and “man” conveys the high volume of discussion about the candidate’s personal character. Only the words “business” and “economy” are related to any type of major policy issues.

Word cloud displays top 50 words used in statements by citizen newsmakers since Santorum dropped out and Romney became the presumptive nominee. Time Frame is April 11 – May 24.

Word cloud displays top 50 words used in statements by citizen newsmakers since Santorum dropped out and Romney became the presumptive nominee. Time Frame is April 11 – May 24.

In just one month of the general election season, more policy issues have been discussed by citizen newsmakers than from three and a half months of the GOP Primary. The words “job”, “jobs”, “marriage”, “economy”, “women”, and “business” show that citizens are discussing the economy in more depth and also speaking about social issues such as gay marriage and women’s rights.