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New NBC poll shows deep partisan differences between social media users


WASHINGTON – Our most recent NBC News poll asked respondents about their social media consumption and the results showed a clear story that didn’t require 280 characters.

Twitter isn’t real life – at least when it comes to party identification and political attitudes.

In the survey, 69 percent of adults say they have an account on Facebook, 28 percent say they use Twitter, 27 percent use TikTok and 27 percent do not have an account on one of these social media platforms.

And those who use Twitter and TikTok are more Democrats than Republicans; are more likely to be Democrats who supported Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren than Joe Biden during the 2020 Democratic primary season; and, unsurprisingly, are more likely to be younger than the general population.

Look at these numbers by social media consumption:

Approve Biden’s job as president

  • All adults: 42 percent
  • Facebook users: 42 percent
  • Twitter users: 57 percent
  • TikTok users: 50 percent
  • Non-users: 40 percent

Positive feelings towards Trump

  • All adults: 38 percent
  • Facebook users: 36 percent
  • Twitter users: 19 percent
  • TikTok users: 27 percent
  • Non-users: 46 percent

Prefer Democrats control of Congress in 2022

  • All voters: 47 percent
  • Facebook users: 47 percent
  • Twitter users: 65 percent
  • TikTok users: 59 percent
  • Non-users: 45 percent

Prefer Republicans who control Congress in 2022

  • All voters: 45 percent
  • Facebook users: 45 percent
  • Twitter users: 28 percent
  • TikTok users: 35 percent
  • Non-users: 45 percent

It’s all a reminder: when you get your political news from Twitter, see the trends on the platform, or try to influence the debate there – you are missing out on a good part of the country.

Biden’s big Friday

Last Friday was President Biden’s best day as President since the adoption of his Covid aid package in March.

The House of Representatives passed the bipartisan infrastructure bill and sent it to their desk to become law. We learned that the economy created 531,000 jobs in October, with the unemployment rate dropping to 4.6 percent. And on top of that, Covid cases and deaths in the US are down from a month ago.

The question that we have almost 72 hours later is whether the process of getting this infrastructure bill through was worth the political cost that the Biden White House and Democratic Party have suffered over the past three months.

Similar to the withdrawal from Afghanistan, the process overtook politics itself.

Here was White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain at Meet the Press yesterday: “Well, you see, I think voters sent a message on Tuesday. They wanted to see more action in Washington. They wanted to see things move faster. And three days later, Congress responded and passed the President’s Infrastructure Bill. But a lot of work has been done in the last few months to get us there. “

More Klain: “In my opinion it was a tough and tough year and we knew it was going to happen. President Biden has been saying this all along. We’ll spend a year digging the holes we have left … So I understand that voters are tired. Americans are fed up with how long it takes to get the economy going, get Covid under control. I feel the frustration myself. I think everyone does. And I think people are frustrated. But I think what the Americans will see is that we have the strategies and actions in place to reverse that. “

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Data Download: The Numbers You Need To Know Today

38 percent: President Biden’s approval rating in a new USA Today / Suffolk University poll.

28 percent: Vice President Harris’s approval rating in the same poll.

13.3 billion tons: The high-end estimate of underestimated greenhouse gas emissions from countries around the world, according to research by the Washington Post.

46.501.233: The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the United States, according to the latest data from NBC News and health officials. (That’s 151,223 more since Friday morning.)

757.854: The previous number of deaths in the US from the virus, according to the latest data from NBC News. (That’s 3,089 more since Friday morning.)

430.927.624: The total number of vaccine doses given in the United States, according to the CDC. (That’s 4,199,532 more since Friday morning.)

24,084,107: The number of booster doses given in the US, according to the CDC. (That’s 2,600,588 more since Friday morning.)

58.4 percent: The percentage of all Americans who are fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.

70.1 percent: The percentage of all Americans 18 and older who are fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.

ICYMI: What else is going on in the world?

The US has lifted international travel restrictions so travelers from more than 30 countries can re-enter America as long as they adhere to the new vaccination and testing requirements.

A federal appeals court has temporarily blocked the Biden government’s new vaccine rules for larger companies.

ABC News reports that former President Trump told RNC chairman Ronna McDaniel in January that he was leaving the GOP to start his own party out of frustration, only to give in days later.

Politico reports that GOP mega-donor Miriam Adelson is back on the political scene months after the death of her husband Sheldon.

It wasn’t just Virginia: Republicans had big polling days in other smaller towns too, including Long Island, where registered Democratic voters outnumber Republicans.

Big Bird’s weekend tweet that the fictional bird was vaccinated against Covid-19 sparked backlash from Republicans like Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.


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