Table 1.

Sample tweets from each political topic, separated by ideology

TopicMean ideology of retweetersTwitter message
Gun controlConservativeAmerica needs to Arm itself. Stand and Fight for Your Second Amendment Rights. We are literally in a War Zone. Carry and get Trained.
LiberalThanks to greed, the republication leadership & the #NRA – No one is safe #SanBernadino #gunsense #guns #morningjoe
Same-sex marriageConservativeGay marriage is a diabolical, evil lie aimed at destroying our nation #o4a #news #marriage
LiberalNew Mormon Policy Bans Children Of Same-Sex Parents-this church wants to punish children? Are you kidding me?!? Shame
Climate changeConservativeLeftists take ‘global warming’ based on bad science as faith and act on it, but proven voter fraud is just racism #tcot #teaparty
LiberalFighting #climatechange is fighting hunger. Put your #eyesonParis for a fair climate deal.
  • Examples of tweets containing at least one moral-emotional word that were retweeted largely by liberals or conservatives. Moral-emotional words are in bold.