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Gay Marriage Study: 52% of Negative Tweets Cite “Religious Beliefs” as Cause for Opposition

gaymarriageAccording to a new study by CrowdFlower [www.crowdflower.com] — a data enrichment platform that collects, cleans, and labels big data  —  52% of the 25,000 tweets posted to Twitter following the Supreme Court announcement cited “religious beliefs” as a primary cause of opposition. Additionally, 19% of those tweeting cited ‘American values’ and 15% cited ‘general disgust’ as reasons for opposing.

Other notable findings in the “CrowdFlower ‘Same Sex Marriage’ Social Media Study” include:

>>  SUPPORT OUTWEIGHED CRITICISM 4 TO 1
Although overall Twitter sentiment was 55% positive, 32% neutral, and 13% negative, with neutral tweets excluded, positive opinions outweighed negative opinions 80% to 20%.

>>  WOMEN WERE MORE SUPPORTIVE THAN MEN
While 86% of women and 72% of men were in favor of the Supreme Court ruling, 14% of women and 28% of men opposed it.

>>  THE EAST COAST HAD THE MOST SUPPORTERS
Massachusetts (96% approval), New Jersey (87.3% approval), and New York (86.8% approval) were most vocal in their support of the Supreme Court ruling.

>>  SOUTHERN STATES HAD THE MOST OPPONENTS
Although these three states still had more supporters than detractors, Alabama (50% disapproval), North Carolina (35.1% disapproval), and Virginia (31.5% disapproval) had the most naysayers.

>>  OVERALL SENTIMENT WAS POSITIVE IN ALL STATES
For all states with a significant volume of tweets, the majority of sentiment was positive.

For more details about the study methodology and results — including how CrowdFlower enables real-time sentiment analysis by cleaning and enriching big data sets — please see the official blog post:

http://www.crowdflower.com/blog/same-sex-marriage

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