Tuesday, September 22, 2015

If Social Media Followers Could Predict the Party Nominations in the Presidential Race


I am certain experts in social media have already thought about this, but I was curious who had the most followers on the top social media platforms. I wonder what this really means for the front-runners in the race for the Presidency.

My little bit of research indicates that if social media followers could predict the outcome of the Republican and Democratic party nominations, then at this point in time (with combined Twitter and Facebook followers), the nominees would be Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

As of 9/22/2015

Twitter Followers:

Trump       4.25M
Bush           316K
Clinton      4.31M
Sanders      577K

Facebook Followers:

Trump     3,820,773
Bush           280,757
Clinton     1,391,288
Sanders   1,541,034

Let's see if this prediction comes to pass ...

What are your thoughts on social media as an indicator of the Republican and Democratic party nominations?


  1. It would be interesting to know how many social media users will actually go out and vote! And some of those followers, especially in Trump's case, may not be American and eligible to vote anyhow. But if they ever switched to online voting, social media would certainly make it interesting.

    1. Yes, if there was a way to determine if the followers were actual voters, that would be very telling. We'll know the answer on election day in 2016.