Twitter analysis shows that most Americans welcome refugees

The U.S. is a country built on immigrants—many of them, at some point in time, were refugees of some kind. That’s why the anti-refugee rhetoric that has entered American politics doesn’t fit. But an interesting analysis of Twitter tweets shows that a majority of Americans still support refugees. The analysis of 18 months of tweets, shows which states have the most positive sentiment. After searching for a handful of hashtags, such as #refugeeswelcome, #syrianrefugees, and #buildawall, the analysis gave a point for each positive word (“compassion,” “help,” etc.), and took a point away for each negative word (“invasion,” #noMuslims, etc.).

 

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Twitter analysis shows that most Americans welcome refugees

The U.S. is a country built on immigrants—many of them, at some point in time, were refugees of some kind. That’s why the anti-refugee rhetoric that has entered American politics doesn’t fit. But an interesting analysis of Twitter tweets shows that a majority of Americans still support refugees. The analysis of 18 months of tweets, shows which states have the most positive sentiment. After searching for a handful of hashtags, such as #refugeeswelcome, #syrianrefugees, and #buildawall, the analysis gave a point for each positive word (“compassion,” “help,” etc.), and took a point away for each negative word (“invasion,” #noMuslims, etc.).

 

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