Modeling Ideology and Predicting Policy Change with Social Media: Case of Same-Sex Marriage

@inproceedings{Zhang2015ModelingIA,
  title={Modeling Ideology and Predicting Policy Change with Social Media: Case of Same-Sex Marriage},
  author={Amy X. Zhang and Scott Counts},
  booktitle={CHI},
  year={2015}
}
Social media has emerged as a prominent platform where people can express their feelings about social and political issues of our time. We study the many voices discussing an issue within a constituency and how they reflect ideology and may signal the outcome of important policy decisions. Focusing on the issue of same-sex marriage legalization, we examine almost 2 million public Twitter posts related to same-sex marriage in the U.S. states over the course of 4 years starting from 2011. Among… CONTINUE READING