Grammarly Presidential Candidates Study | Press Briefing

Grammarly took a lighthearted look at how well the 2016 presidential candidates’ supporters write when they’re debating online. This brief contains our data and rankings, an infographic for you to use, our methodology, and our contact information. Please attribute the study to Grammarly with a link to https://www.grammarly.com/grammar-check.

Data and Ranking of Democratic Candidates (NEW Data)


 

Rank

Candidate

Supporters’ Mistakes per 100 Words

Poll Rank (1)

Unique Words Per 1000 Words*

Most Common
Words or Phrases (minus names & locations) (3)

Facebook Followers

1

Lincoln Chafee

3.1

5

304

Candidate, Support, Campaign, Senator, Debate, Democratic

9,526

2

Jim Webb

3.3

3

279

Candidate, Senator, President, Support, Campaign, Flag

31,276

3

Bernie Sanders

3.7

2

302

Campaign, Support, Issue, Job, Candidate, Election

1,484,460

4

Martin O’Malley

4.6

4

322

Support, Candidate, Issue, debate, Job, Minimum Wage

79,275

5

Hillary Clinton

6.3

1

290

President, Voting, Funding, GOP, Voter, Law Enforcement

1,353,581

 

Data and Ranking of Republican Candidates (past study)


Rank

Candidate

Supporters’ Mistakes per 100 Words

Poll Rank (2)

Unique Words Per 1000 Words*

Most Common
Words or Phrases (minus names & locations) (3)

Facebook Followers

5

Carly Fiorina

6.3

6

250

Candidate, Support, Debate, Campaign, Message, Job

454,561

7

Ben Carson

6.6

2

215

President, Nation, Integrity, Celebrate, Elect, Donate

3,878,162

8

Lindsey Graham

7.2

13

236

Flag, Support, Confederate, Issue, Senator, Amendment

135,695

8

George Pataki

7.2

14

270

Candidate, Support, Republican, Campaign, Concern, GOP

19,026

10

Ted Cruz

7.3

5

240

Senator, President, Candidate, Elect, Constitution, Republican

1,465,666

11

John Kasich

7.7

9

267

Core, Job, Budget, President, Republican, Balance

145,223

12

Jeb Bush

7.9

3

221

President, Republican, Support, Campaign, Job, Candidate

281,046

13

Mike Huckabee

8.0

7

232

President, Candidate, Nation, Illegal, Elect, Drug

1,845,114

14

Bobby Jindal

8.2

12

246

President, Republican, Liberal, Inspire, Advocate, Conservative

283,352

15

Chris Christie

8.3

10

246

President, Support, Flag, Issue, Comment, Guy

125,340

16

Rand Paul

8.4

8

263

Republican, Candidate, Liberty, Illegal, Immigrant, Citizen

2,066,331

17

Marco Rubio

8.8

4

280

Senator, Republican, Campaign, President, Candidate, Citizen

1,029,359

18

Rick Santorum

11.5

11

241

President, Candidate, Nation, Republican, Founding, Democrat

265,330

19

Donald Trump

12.6

1

226

President, Illegal, Legal, Immigrant, Border, Immigration

3,828,553

* To calculate the Unique Words per 1,000 Words statistic, we divided Total Unique Words by Total Words and multiplied by 1000.

Democrats vs. Republicans


 

Democrat

Stat

Republican

4.2

Supporters’ Mistakes Per 100 Words

8.7

300

Unique Words Per 1,000 Words

245

41.8

Average Number of Words Per Comment

32.4

591,623

Average Number of Facebook Followers

1,130,197

Source:

  1. http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2016/president/us/2016_democratic_presidential_nomination-3824.html
  2. http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2016/president/us/2016_republican_presidential_nomination-3823.html
  3. https://www.visualthesaurus.com/vocabgrabber/

Infographic


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Methodology


We began by taking a large sample of Facebook comments containing at least fifteen words from each candidate’s official page between April, 2015 and August, 2015. Next, we created a set of guidelines to help limit (as much as possible) the subjectivity of categorizing the comments as positive or negative. Since the point of the study was to analyze the writing of each candidate’s supporters, we considered only obviously positive or neutral comments. Obviously negative or critical comments, as well as ambiguous or borderline negative comments, were disqualified.

We then randomly selected at least 180 of these positive and neutral comments (~6,000 words) to analyze for each candidate. Using Grammarly, we identified the errors in the comments, which were then verified and tallied by a team of live proofreaders. For the purposes of this study, we counted only black-and-white mistakes such as misspellings, wrong and missing punctuation, misused or missing words, and subject-verb disagreement. We ignored stylistic variations such as the use of common slang words, serial comma usage, and the use of numerals instead of spelled-out numbers.

Finally, we calculated the average number of mistakes per one hundred words by dividing the total word count of the comments by the total number of mistakes for each candidate.

Contact Information


Michael Mager

michael.mager@grammarly.com

+1 (415) 549-6941

Karen Hertzberg

karen.hertzberg@grammarly.com