Not that the "war on women" has done as much damage to Republicans as we'd like think, but Todd Akin is still garbage -- even as he pursues his effort to unseat Claire McCaskill and become the next Republican senator from Missouri. Face it: Republican extremists embrace garbage at every level and they love Todd Akin.
Around 1.5 billion people heard about Akin through that controversial interview on Twitter alone, according to a new report from the social analytics firm Topsy. ...
... Akin is still in a tight race with McCaskill, according to recent polls, despite high unfavorability scores. And on Twitter, Akin’s reputation has not budged from a near flatline in public sentiment, according to Topsy. ...The Hill
What does Topsy think about "war on women"?
The hashtag #waronwomen was popularized by Democrats in early February and is still in use, also popping up in ads and campaign rhetoric. ...
... Topsy looked to Twitter with the idea that “the unprovoked opinions of the people themselves would constitute the most ideal and accurate way to understand public beliefs and reactions” on the topic of women’s health as related to the political parties.
The report finds that while recent controversies over women’s health have popularized the so-called GOP “war on women,” that has not necessarily meant a win in public sentiment for the Democratic party.
For every tweet mentioning “war on women,” the paper finds, the average sentiment of tweets mentioning the term “Democrats” became more negative, suggesting but not confirming that the “war on women” has not been good for either party.
But opinion of the Republican Party on Twitter definitely took a hit from Akin’s comments. ...The Hill