Our latest research product, the National Dialogue Monitor, was featured on Fox News' "Happening Now" last Friday. NDM tracks every time a celebrity, organization, issue or corporation is mentioned across all media channels — television, radio, newspapers, magazines, blogs, websites and social networks — measuring the associated volume, tone, and topics of each tracked entity.
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The graphic below illustrates the top issues discussed in relation to President Obama over the last two weeks (March 1st-13th), sized by volume and shaded according to average sentiment. This incorporates all mentions from the main (overall) media source, which includes news media, social media (excluding Twitter), and general websites (including the blogosphere). The greener the bubble, the more positive the issue; the redder the bubble, the more negative. Obama’s toughest issues were spending cuts, drones, guns, and assorted foreign policy concerns. The president’s most positive areas, on the other hand, centered around economic concerns and immigration.
After viewing our report, the Washington Post also posed the question of whether it is an additional sign of Obama’s second fading political honeymoon.