The Brexit Debate Through Social Media: Topics, Arguments and Attitudes


TIME: 13:00-14:00, 27th June 2017

VENUE: The Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House

Westminster, London, SW1A 2JR


Professor Kenneth Benoit
Head of Methodology, LSE

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The Brexit debate has been credited with awakening a political consciousness in a whole generation of younger voters. And how does this new demographic express itself? Through social media. Through analysing tweets, it is possible to track the trajectory of public opinion in the run-up to the Referendum on 23rd June 2016.

By kind invitation of Kevin Hollinrake MP, The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to an event with Professor Kenneth Benoit. Professor Benoit has analysed over 35 million tweets sent since January 2016 in order to monitor changing opinions on immigration control, fiscal implications and the economic effects of leaving the EU. He presents his findings and asks: were arguments supporting the Remain and Leave sides disseminated through social media? Do we all live in an echo chamber? And what implications might these findings have for the politics of the future?

Kenneth Benoit is currently Professor of Quantitative Social Research Methods, and Head of the Department of Methodology at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is also Part-Time Professor in the Department of Political Science at Trinity College Dublin, and has previously held a position at the Central European University (Budapest). Professor Benoit also works occasionally as a consultant for political parties, governmental organizations, and media for all business related to elections, especially computer modelling and forecasting of election outcomes.



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