We dove into Pinyadda‘s news trend data to track mention of party terms in headlines from hundreds of news outlets and blogs across the web. We looked for the words Republican or GOP, Conservative, Tea Party, Democrat or Dems, and Liberal. Here is the data we pulled over time, and a second graph below it displays totals:
Mentions of Republican or GOP led in headline mentions throughout September, trailing off at the end with Democrat or Dems mentions overtaking the last few days of the month. Mentions of Tea Party were prevalent in the press throughout September — passing mentions of Democrat or Dems in the third week of September — but also trailed off the end of the month. Mentions of Liberal and Conservative party stances were mentioned to much less of a degree than party names. Interestingly,
We also took a snapshot of total party mentions in the press in September:
The GOP clearly led in media buzz, and interestingly Tea Party mentions exceeded mentions of Republican.
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