To better understand the attitudes of college-aged Republicans and Democrats, actor personas were developed by analyzing qualitative secondary sources and primary source data scraped from Twitter. These personas represent strong Republican beliefs, strong Democratic beliefs, and cross-pressured partisans from both parties.
Specific attitudes and behaviors were constructed with regularly updating Twitter bots. Each bot scrapes 3 twitter profiles. One from the national college organization associated with their party (College Republicans and College Democrats), one of the president and vice-president from each those organizations, and the highest elected official in the Senate that most represents their ideology as strong partisans or cross pressured partisans. (Elizabeth Warren–D, MA, Claire McCaskill–D, MO, Susan Collins– R, ME, Jim Infoe– R, OK)