from Brett Adkins, Forbes:
On Facebook, it pays to be very liberal or very conservative. Moderation tanks. According to a new study from the Pew Research Center, moderate politicians attract far fewer Facebook followers than the most liberal and conservative members of the U.S. Congress.
Revealing both a cause and symptom of America’s deep political divide, Pew found that “ideology is a strong predictor of the number of people who follow [Congressional members] on Facebook.”
In the Senate, the most liberal and conservative members attract a median of 78,360 Facebook followers. Moderates get 32,626 followers. Similar dynamics occur in the House, where liberals and conservative have a median of 14,361 followers, compared to only 9,017 for moderates.
Republican Congressman Trey Gowdy has more Facebook followers than any other member of Congress: 1.3 million. Gowdy chaired the controversial Benghazi committee which investigated Hillary Clinton.
Prominent liberals like Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris have many more followers than moderates like Jon Tester or Joe Manchin.
The entire post can be read here.