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Do You Even "Like" Me?

Title: Do You Even "Like" Me?: How the Popularity of Pro/Anti-Immigration Tweets Impacts Attitudes Towards Immigration.
Name(s): Emanuel, Niccolla Roxan, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Bachelor Thesis
Date Issued: 2020-04-13
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, made 110,568 arrests in less than two years, which is a 42% increase since that same fiscal period in 2016 (Bialik, 2018, para. 1). President Trump has been vocal with his views towards controlling borders, and this rapid growth in arrests indicates how quickly his words became actions. With governmental action towards border control trending, this study seeks to analyze how the actions being portrayed, such as by ICE, are impacting attitudes towards immigration and Hispanics. This experiment examines whether attitudes towards immigration are impacted by tweet popularity and pro- or anti-immigration stances. Participants were exposed to one of four stimuli, either 5 popular anti-immigration or pro-immigration tweets or 5 unpopular anti-immigration or pro-immigration tweets. Participants then answered survey questions that analyzed their attitudes towards immigration, their willingness to interact, and their contact with Hispanics. Findings showed that the stimuli had little to no significant impact on participants’ answers. Most participants appeared to have positive views towards Hispanics. Participants within the anti-immigration stimuli appeared to be more willing to interact with Hispanics than those in the pro-immigration stimuli, however, this significance went away when the number of Hispanic friends a participant has was analyzed.
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1586794948_a532f860 (IID)
Keywords: immigration, social media, Twitter, attitudes
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Use and Reproduction: Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 4.0)
Host Institution: FSU

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Emanuel, N. R. (2020). Do You Even "Like" Me?: How the Popularity of Pro/Anti-Immigration Tweets Impacts Attitudes Towards Immigration. Retrieved from