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Study shows a mere 2.2 percent of American adults engage in political discussion on Twitter

Twitter is not the heartbeat of politics in America

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On Monday's episode of "The News & Why it Matters," Sara Gonzales, Stu Burguiere, Andrew Heaton, and Jeff Fisher discussed the impact that Twitter has on politics in the United States and why politicians should avoid basing their campaign issues on political tweets.

In this clip, Andrew, host of "Something's Off with Andrew Heaton," said he believed something had been warping democracy in America and that something is Twitter.

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"We're often told that there are two types of people in American politics: there's conservatives and there's progressives. That is wrong. The two types of people those who type in all caps on Twitter and those of us putting up with you," Andrew said. He added that he is on the lowercase side of the political aisle.

According to a recent Pew Study, a mere 2.2 percent of American adults accounted for 80 percent of tweets. Stu said he is concerned about the way the media use Twitter as the heartbeat of America, even though statistics do not support their reason for doing so.

A large majority of tweets come from a small minority of tweeters

The panel agreed that politicians who had governed based on the tone expressed in their Twitter feed were missing the mark considering that most adults in America are not tweeting about politics. Stu asserted that Twitter is not the heartbeat of American politics.

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