Elections

Trump, religion top Facebook political talk

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a No Labels Problem Solver convention Monday in New Hampshire., Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a No Labels Problem Solver convention Monday in New Hampshire., Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole) AP

Donald Trump. Religion.

That’s what most popular among Facebook users engaging in political discussion recently.

Over the Sept. 10-Oct. 10 period, religion was the most talked about political topic on the social media site, followed by guns, the economy, homeland security and terrorism and racial issues. That largely reflected the debate among Republican presidential candidates, notably retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who last month said he wouldn’t advocate that “we put a Muslim in charge of this nation.”

Carson, for a variety of reasons, has climbed to runnerup status in most national and Iowa polls.

He’s also up to number two among Republicans in Facebook tracking of unique people engaging in conversation about candidate, as well as the number of interactions. Interactions are the total aggregate of likes, posts, comments and shares about a candidate.

Trump topped the list with 18.4 million unique people and 76 million interactions.

Next was Hillary Clinton, who is seeking the Democratic nomination, with 8.5 million people and 36.6 million interactions. Then came Carson at 7.2 million unique people and 32.7 million interactions.

Fourth was Sen. Bernie Sanders, also seeking the Democratic nomination with 5.9 million unique people and 29.7 million interactions.

David Lightman: 202-383-6101, @lightmandavid

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