By Richard Lee
Crime has been the biggest issue in New York’s gubernatorial campaign, so it is not surprising that it is the public policy issue that Kathy Hochul and Lee Zeldin are tweeting about most often.
That is the finding of an informal study conducted by students in a St. Bonaventure University honors class on political campaigns.
During the month of October, the students logged and coded tweets from Hochul and Zeldin from candidates’ campaign accounts, as well as their government accounts.
Of the 559 tweets from the candidates, 111 were about crime and public safety, followed by health care with 51 and the economy with 50. Other totals were education, 14; infrastructure, 12; ethics, 9 and environment 9.
A total of 84 tweets were coded “other” because they did not fit into specific public policy categories.
The largest number of tweets were coded “campaign” because they dealt with rallies, endorsements, attack ads and other topics that were not public policy items.
The results mirror a shorter sample from the summer that was compiled by students in a St. Bonaventure a Media & Democracy course.
Richard Lee, executive director of the Jandoli Institute, covered politics and government as a reporter and later served as Deputy Director of Communication for two New Jersey governors. To read more of Lee’s ‘”On the Road to Albany” columns, follow the Jandoli Institute on Twitter and Facebook.
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