It seems Twitterverse may be pulling for Hillary Clinton.
The University of Utah’s College of Engineering has created a new software that analyzes how someone feels about the upcoming election based on his or her tweets. The team looked into more than 1.6 million tweets from the last five months to see what direction counties and states are leaning as the Tuesday's vote nears.
Thanks to their work, the computer scientists have created an interactive website where users can figure out how their states and counties feel about the upcoming election, specifically whether they feel positively or negatively about Democrats, Republicans and all political parties.
The computer scientists have already found some interesting trends based on Twitter habits across the country, according to a university press release.
For one, the high amount of positive tweets toward Clinton made the system predict that she will win the election.
Meanwhile, GOP voters sent out 17 percent more tweets than Democrats since June.
In total, Delaware proved to be the only state where the majority of tweets from every county favored one party (Democrats), the press release said. For Republicans, South Dakota showed the highest amount of positivity toward the GOP.
Interestingly, Republicans and Democrats saw a surge of tweets after distinct moments in the 2016 campaign. GOPers saw a surge after the Republican National Convention and after the video of Donald Trump making lewd comments about women was leaked (“presumably defenders of Trump tweeting their support of him,” according to the university).
Democrats sent out a heavy amount of tweets after the first two presidential debates and after The New York Times reported Trump likely hadn’t paid his taxes for nearly two decades — an event that also inspired the most negative tweets from Democrats.
Other reports on the presidential election have said that Trump earns more attention on Twitter than Clinton, according to Al Jazeera. In fact, Trump has gained more attention on Twitter than Clinton for all of the presidential race, save for one week in September.
Those two days were Sept. 26 (the day after the first presidential debate) and after Trump announced he believed President Barack Obama had been born in the United States.
This analysis comes from the Qatar Computing Research Institute at Hamad bin Khalifa University, which used the website TweetElect.com. Researchers Walid Magdy and Kareem Darwish looked at the top 50 retweets for every day of September for this data, according to Al Jazeera.
"Trump has been getting a greater share of press coverage in the mainstream media, so we were wondering if this is being reflected on social media. It turns out it is," Darwish said, according to Al Jazeera. "Trump is getting more volume and a greater number of users who are actually tweeting positively about him, and when you remove the two official campaign accounts, the relative volume of tweets supporting Trump is even greater."
According to TechRepublic, Twitter data on the election shows that the two candidates are viewed as controversial and unpopular. In fact, only 46 percent are sentimental toward Clinton with 44 percent show favorability toward Trump.https://twitter.com/GreatGameShows/status/791780561589329920
Herb Scribner is a writer for Deseret Digital Media.