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Report: Republicans Won Social Media Battle During Midterm Elections

November's midterm elections saw the Republican party reassert its power in Washington, thanks to landslide victories at voting booths throughout the country. And, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center, the GOP did pretty well on Facebook, too. In the months leading up to the November elections, 22-percent of all online adults used social media to follow a particular campaign o...

People Admire Bill Gates More Than the Dalai Lama, Pope, Glenn Beck

The Dalai Lama and Pope Benedict XVI are two of the most lauded men in the world, but, according to a recent USAToday/Gallup poll, neither man is quite as admirable as Bill Gates. The Microsoft co-founder ranked fifth in this year's 'Most Admired Man' poll, behind Nelson Mandela, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, who topped the list for the third consecutive year. On the women's side,...

Couple Lets Internet Vote on Whether They Should Have an Abortion

A few months ago, 30-year-old Alisha Arnold found out that she was pregnant for the third time, after having suffered two miscarriages in less than two years. She and her husband Pete, however, weren't sure if they were ready to become parents, and began entertaining thoughts of an abortion. Before making that intensely personal decision, though, the couple decided to gauge the collective opinion ...

Twitter Can Be Used to Effectively Poll the Public

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University recently decided to start parsing Tweets, categorizing them by topic and measuring their sentiments, in a way similar to a recent exercise by HP Labs focusing on box office performance. The team was able to analyze this data and produce, in effect, public opinion polls without having to call (annoy) a single person. What's more, the results of this passiv...

Super Bowl Twitter Map Highlights Most Popular Tweet Words

While the Steelers and Cardinals battled for the Lombardi trophy, America was "tweeting." Similar to the Word Train it featured on Election Day, the New York Times has posted this time-lapse map of the country showing the location and frequency of the most commonly used words in Super Bowl posts (called 'tweets') on the micro-blog site Twitter. Twitter has quickly become a useful way to measur...

Internet Overtakes Newspapers as News Source in Pew Poll

We learned during this last election cycle that the Internet had become a powerful source for news and information, and the latest poll out of the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press just confirms that Internet is the media source to be reckoned with in the 21st century. While TV still tops the list of news sources in this country with 70-percent saying they get "most" of their ne...

Best Places to Follow the Polls Online

Our sister site, Download Squad (plug, plug), is all over this political stuff -- much like us. One of the greatest pastimes of a political junkie is poll watching, and Download Squad has compiled a list of the best outlets to track the endless number of state and national polls in the presidential election. Our two favorites are FiveThirtyEight.com and RealClearPolitics (RCP). Both aggreg...

Video Gamers Don't Care About HD

Video game polls and their results are rarely surprising or, indeed, all that interesting. They usually do things like rate Bowser vs. Dracula to see who's the coolest villain (Bowser) or ask whether you'd rather marry Samus or Princess Peach (toooootally Samus). But, stats wizards NPD Group has run a surprisingly interesting series of polls that indicate gamers are largely clueless about the n...