Chart shows top 10 topics with sentiment distribution that citizen newsmakers have toward Barack Obama. Time Frame is April 11 – May 15.

Chart shows top 10 topics with sentiment distribution that citizen newsmakers have toward Barack Obama. Time Frame is April 11 – May 15.

Since Santorum dropped out of the race on April 10, statements from citizen newsmakers about Obama have concerned his personality and background (Character) more than other issues. 23% of statements from citizen newsmakers since the general election began have been about that topic, with 48% of them being negative to Obama. In comparison to Romney, Obama is faring much better. While only 29% of citizen statements about Romney’s character were negative in the past month, discussion of his Character consumed over 50% of total citizen statements about him versus Obama’s 23%. See 4thEstate’s post on “Post 1 Date” called “Post 1 Title” for more on Romney’s sentiment among citizens.

On Social Issues, coverage from citizen newsmakers has been mostly positive toward Obama. Over 22% of statements about Obama have been about Social Issues, largely driven by his endorsement of gay marriage. Of those statements, 52% have been positive.