Spain tops European elections online debate

Following on from my previous post, here are the latest trends in the online debate about the forthcoming European elections (based on statistics collected during the last week).

The online debate is growing steadily

Overview mentions of European elections 24 March - 6 April

  • There have been more than 200,000 mentions of the European elections during the last seven days (social media, news sites, blogs, forums …).
  • This represents a 50% increase on the previous week.

Spain is still the most active country

Top countries 31 March - 6 April

  • Spain continues to have by far the most active online debate about the European elections, accounting for 32% of all mentions of keywords relating to the elections.
  • Italy has risen to second place, with 17% of mentions.
  • France has made a big leap from 7th to 3rd place (perhaps linked to political debates during local elections).
  • The UK finds itself in 4th place (driven partly by the TV debate on EU membership between Nigel Farage and Nick Clegg on 2 April).
  • The USA has fallen from 2nd to 5th place (despite the fact that Europe was in the spotlight during President Obama’s visit to Brussels on 26 March)

Spanish is the most popular language

Top languages 20140406 last week

  • Spanish has now overtaken English as the most frequently used language in mentions of the European elections online (29% of all mentions).

Adoption of the #EP2014 hashtag is increasing

  • On Twitter, use of the #EP2014 hashtag is becoming increasingly widespread.
  • #EP2014 was used in 33% of tweets about the elections during the last week (compared to 31% the previous week).

The charts in this post were produced using Engagor.

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