This summary is provided by IPR based on the original study in the Social Media + Society journal

Dr. Jieun Shin and colleagues examined how political elites from both political parties communicated about mask-wearing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

An analysis of Twitter posts by political elites in 2020 was conducted.

Key findings include:

  • Republican members of Congress were less likely to promote mask-wearing than their Democratic counterparts.
  • A small number of Republican members of Congress also shared anti-mask opinions on their accounts.
  • Republicans’ lack of mask-wearing promotion was associated with their loyalty to then-President Donald Trump rather than their party norms.
  • For Democrats, promoting mask-wearing was associated with their party norms.
  • Republicans who interacted with Democrats were more likely to promote mask-wearing and vice versa.

Find out more about mask-wearing as a means to share political party norms

Heidy Modarelli handles Growth & Marketing for IPR. She has previously written for Entrepreneur, TechCrunch, The Next Web, and VentureBeat.
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