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Political Text Visualizations

- July 22, 2008

These pictures are based on data from the post-election wave of the 2006 Cooperative Congressional Election Study. Respondents took the survey via the internet and typed in their answers to these questions: “What is the most important problem facing the country?” and “What have been the most interesting stories in the news this past week?” The former is at top and the latter below it.

The most important problem question reveals nothing surprising. Iraq was mentioned most frequently. The most interesting news stories question generated lots of mentions of the election results, the Democratic takeover, and also Rumsfeld’s resignation of Nov. 8.

Fun, eh? Make these pictures yourself at Wordle. (Hat tip to Henry.)