For people born after 1965, the number one place they get political news is Facebook. It's close for Gen Xers; they still watch local television, too, as do Boomers. But for millennials, it's Facebook by a mile.
Interestingly (though not necessarily unexpectedly), the political news people discuss on Facebook varies by age and by gender. As part of our partnership for Wednesday night's Democratic debate, the social networking site provided The Post with 30 days of data on the most commonly discussed political topics on the site across the United States, broken down by age and gender. We took that data and found the topics where gender and age differed the most — that is, where men were much more likely to talk about something than women or where young people were much more likely than older ones.
Gender equality. Nearly 940,000 different people talked about subjects related to gender equality between Feb. 6 and Mar. 7 — more than 600,000 of them women. The biggest gaps were on contraception and equal pay, which were much more commonly discussed by women than men.
Public health. On issues of public health — besides Ebola, which people are still talking about on Facebook apparently — women were more likely to be the ones mentioning it.
That's likely linked in part to the issue of abortion. Women were much more likely than men to talk about abortion, as well. The subject was discussed by 1.6 million people over that month — and 900,000 of them were women.
Christianity. Faith was the most common topic on Facebook, with 4.8 million people talking about Christianity. Of that group, 2.8 million were women.
School vouchers and charter schools. It was mostly older people and mostly women who were talking about school vouchers on Facebook. Education generally was a subject of discussion across the board, but vouchers and charter schools were more commonly discussed by older women.
Higher education and college costs. Unsurprisingly, younger people were more likely to talk about higher education — and the cost of college — than older ones. File this one away for a second.
Younger people were also more likely to talk about:
Racial issues. More than 5.7 million people talked about issues of race on Facebook, which seems risky. Of that number, 2.4 million were under 35. One of the most popular topics was Black Lives Matter, which saw a similar age split.
Shortly before Facebook started collecting data, the family of Trayvon Martin marked what would have been his 21st birthday. That is likely one reason why women were much more likely to be discussing him on Facebook than men.
Drug policy. Young people were also much more likely to be discussing drug policy, particularly marijuana. A million people discussed it over the month, nearly 400,000 of them under 35.
Young people were also more likely to talk about the environment and prison reform. It's hard not to assume that there's overlap here with the 2016 campaign, in which those topics — and the cost of college — have been major subjects of debate.
A number of subjects were dominated by older people and by men. Among them:
Fast and Furious and Lois Lerner. The ATF and IRS scandals from earlier in President Obama's administration didn't come up as much as other topics, but when they did, it was mostly older people and men (and the overlap) that were discussing.
The State Department emails. Hillary Clinton's use of a private server while serving as secretary of state was discussed by nearly 450,000 people — 27,000 of whom were men and more than 300,000 of whom were 45 or older.
Al Qaeda. Men in general were more likely to talk about terrorism, but it was largely older people and men who were talking about Al Qaeda.
It was also men generally who were far more likely to be discussing domestic terrorism — though not many people were discussing it.
Older people in general talked more about key conservative issues.
Immigration amnesty. Nearly 4 million people talked about immigration on Facebook over the last month, and of the 400,000-plus who discussed the idea of amnesty — a path to citizenship for those here illegally — 75 percent were aged 45 or older.
Interestingly, the demographic talking about "anchor babies" —a term used by some to refer to children of immigrants — skewed much younger and more female.
Size of government. That's a slightly higher figure the proportion of the 1.4 million people who were discussing the size of government. Of that group, 69 percent — 970,000 — were 45 or older.
Older people were also more likely to be talking about George Soros and the Iran nuclear deal, for which we don't really need to fill in the blanks.
Looking separately at men:
The NRA. Guns were a big topic of conversation — some 2.4 million people broached the subject and more than half were men. But on the NRA specifically, the ratio was much more lopsided, with 6-in-10 of the people discussing the group being men.
The Koch brothers. Interestingly, while it was older people who were talking about George Soros, it was more heavily men who were talking about the Koch brothers, suggesting that perhaps the group was a more politically diverse mix.
Cybersecurity and the CIA. Older people were more likely to talk about the NSA, but it was men who were discussing cybersecurity and the CIA. The gender imbalance between men and women was higher on cybersecurity than any topic besides domestic terrorism.
Sometimes, I guess, stereotypes hit fairly close to the mark.
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