Study Finds Democratic Supporters Have Better Grammar Than Republican Supporters on Facebook

The prominence of social media in the 2016 race for the presidency not only lets us get to know our candidates better, but their supporters as well. Grammarly, a website dedicated to proofreading and improving writing ability, performed a study to analyze how each candidate’s supporters used or abused the English language in comments on the candidates’ Facebook pages. The study took a sample of at least 180 positive or neutral comments from each presidential candidate’s Facebook page. The comments used were at least 15 words in length.

Here’s the average mistakes per 100 words that the study found for each candidate’s Facebook supporters, ranked least to most:

  1. Lincoln Chafee (D): 3.1
  2. Jim Webb (D): 3.4
  3. Bernie Sanders (D): 3.7
  4. Martin O’Malley (D): 4.6
  5. Hillary Clinton (D): 6.3 (Tie)
  6. Carly Fiorina (R): 6.3 (Tie)
  7. Ben Carson (R): 6.6
  8. Lindsey Graham (R): 7.2 (Tie)
  9.  George Pataki (R): 7.2 (Tie)
  10. Ted Cruz (R): 7.3
  11. John Kasich (R): 7.7
  12. Jeb Bush (R): 7.9
  13. Mike Huckabee (R): 8.0
  14. Bobby Jindal (R): 8.2
  15. Chris Christie (R): 8.3
  16. Rand Paul (R): 8.4
  17. Marco Rubio (R): 8.8
  18. Rick Santorum (R): 11.5
  19. Donald Trump (R): 12.6

While this study is not fool proof, it does reveal interesting findings. The most glaring of the study’s findings is that Democratic candidate supporters dominate Republican candidate supporters for the least amount of grammar mistakes on Facebook. In fact, when averaged together, democratic supporters have only 4.2 mistakes per 100 words versus republican supporter’s average of 8.7 mistakes per 100 words.

Another interesting finding is that the Facebook supporters of the two women running for president, Hillary Clinton and Carly Fiorina, are tied at 6.3 mistakes per 100 words. Even more interesting is the fact that, while they are tied, Hillary’s Facebook supporters are at the bottom of the Democratic pack for least amount of grammar mistakes while Fiorina’s Facebook supporters are at the top of the Republican pack for least amount of grammar mistakes.

It is also interesting, but not necessarily surprising, that Republican frontrunner, Donald Trump, has the Facebook supporters with the worst grammar on average. The Grammarly study also looked at presidential candidate supporters’ unique words per 1,000 words and the average number of words per Facebook comment. Democratic supporters also had Republican supporters beat in these categories as well. For more on that, as well as a great infographic displaying the study’s findings, check out this article.


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