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What do “the People” want? Online Populism in Europe and the US

Preliminary results are scheduled for June 2019.

We collect data from Twitter. As seed data for political communication, we collect posts by political parties, leading politicians, media organizations and so-called ‘alternative media’ (such as online only media or prominent conspiracy websites) in each country (analogous to previous GESIS data collections for Germany).

We focus on interactions of these accounts with regular users, i.e. Twitter @-mentions and retweets, and related keywords for each country (e.g. ‘flüchtlinge’) regularly used on Twitter. These ‘non-reactive’ data types allow us to directly observe the public expressions of politicians and citizens instead of having to rely on self-reports of media consumption which are usually of low quality.