Politics subreddits and their choice of words
Choosing ones words for speeches is a crucial part of politics. Let’s see what choices are made in different political subreddits.
About 453k randomly chosen comments to about 32k submissions from 2013-08 to 2014-07 on /r/conservative, /r/democrats, /r/liberal, /r/libertarian and /r/republican were collected and analysed for frequency of specific words and phrases.
/r/republican mentions weed the most, while the conservatives talk not so much about it. The democrats lie somewhere in the middle.
The congress is mentioned most often by the republicans, followed by /r/democrats.
Here too the republicans lead the category. They talk more about Medicaid than all others.
Minimum wage on the other hand seems to be a hot topic in /r/liberal, while the democrats mention it less than everybody else.
Obamacare is discussed by far the most in /r/rebublican.
The republicans and the democrats mention president obama more than the three other subreddits.
The religious words, that was scanned for, are used most in /r/liberal.
The same goes for science topics.
Taxes are most debated by the republicans, while /r/democrats mentions them not so often.
War and related words are mentioned the most in /r/liberal.
They also use more swear words than the other subreddits, followed by the democrats. The republicans curse fewest of all.
The liberals also express their happiness most openly, followed by the democrats.
Finally we look at how often the communities mention each other.
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The democrats and the republicans are both mentioned quite often; the others by contrast rather seldom.
That’s it. If you want to you can download the raw data all these diagrams are based on.