FullDuplex.ca and Abacus Data recently published Matters of Opinion 2014, a detailed report on how Canadian opinions are shaped by online information and interactions. In an effort to keep our report under 20 pages, we excluded a lot of research from the final report. We will publish some of our additional findings on our blog over the coming weeks.

We begin this process with a look at who is most commonly appears in the lists of Twitter accounts being followed by our four major federal party leaders (Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Thomas Mulcair, Justin Trudeau and Elizabeth May). Our findings are based on baselining the party leader’s Twitter accounts on July 31, 2014. We conducted the analysis using SocialBro and our own Compass tool.

We found that journalists and the media in general dominate the list. I’ve included the list of accounts followed by all four leaders, and any three of the four leaders, below.

Non-media standouts include comedian Rick Mercer (followed by all four leaders), US President Barack Obama (not followed by the Prime Minister), former Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield (not followed by Thomas Mulcair), Margaret Atwood (not followed by the Prime Minister). Other noteworthy non-media folk found on the lists include comedian Mark Critch, Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi, blogger Alice Funke and NDP MP Megan Leslie (the MP followed by the most leaders).

Followed by all four major federal party leaders

This is a list of Twitter accounts followed by all four major federal party leaders on July 31, 2014, sorted alphabetically by Twitter handle. Non-media accounts appear in italics.

  • @davidakin (David Akin)
  • @kady (Kady O’Malley)
  • @MacleansMag (Maclean’s Magazine)
  • @rickmercer (Rick Mercer)

Followed by any three of the four major federal party leaders

This is a list of Twitter accounts followed by any three of the four major federal party leaders on July 31, 2014, sorted alphabetically by Twitter handle. Non-media accounts appear in italics.

  • @AaronWherry (Aaron Wherry)
  • @acoyne (Andrew Coyne)
  • @alisoncrawford5 (Alison Crawford)
  • @althiaraj (Althia Raj)
  • @BarackObama (Barack Obama)
  • @CBCNews (CBC News)
  • @CBCPolitics (CBC Politics)
  • @CBCTerry (Terry Milewski)
  • @CBCTheNational (The National)
  • @CdnPress_Ott (CP Ottawa)
  • @cfhorgan (Colin Horgan)
  • @ChantalHbert (Chantal Hébert)
  • @chronicleherald (The Chronicle Herald)
  • @Cmdr_Hadfield (Chris Hadfield)
  • @cselley (Chris Selley)
  • @CTV_PowerPlay (CTV Power Play)
  • @ctvqp (CTV’s Question Period)
  • @curryb (Bill Curry)
  • @DonMartinCTV (Don Martin)
  • @evansolomoncbc (Evan Solomon)
  • @globeandmail (The Globe And Mail)
  • @InklessPW (Paul Wells)
  • @IvisonJ (John Ivison)
  • @jenditchburn (Jennifer Ditchburn)
  • @jianghomeshi (Jian Ghomeshi)
  • @JohnIbbitson (John Ibbitson)
  • @JulieVanDusen (Julie Van Dusen)
  • @Justin_Ling (Justin Ling)
  • @KevinNewmanCTV (Kevin Newman)
  • @laura_payton (Laura Payton)
  • @LizT1 (Elizabeth Thompson)
  • @MargaretAtwood (Margaret E. Atwood)
  • @markcritch (Mark Critch)
  • @MeganLeslieMP (Megan Leslie, MP)
  • @nationalpost (National Post)
  • @nenshi (Naheed Nenshi)
  • @parliamenthill (Parliament Hill)
  • @petermansbridge (Peter Mansbridge)
  • @punditsguide (Pundits’ Guide)
  • @rabbleca (Rabbleca)
  • @RichardMadan (Richard Madan)
  • @RosieBarton (Rosemary Barton)
  • @spaikin (Steve Paikin)
  • @stphnmaher (Stephen Maher)
  • @strombo (Stroumboulopoulos)
  • @SusanDelacourt (Susan Delacourt)
  • @TabathaSouthey (Tabatha Southey)
  • @TheAgenda (The Agenda | Tvo)
  • @walrusmagazine (The Walrus)
  • @wicary (Stephen Wicary)

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