The Facebook followers of leader and party pages of UK political parties from 2010 to 2021. Post Corbyn, the Tories are now dominating. While, some parties such as the Green Party have not grown in followership since 2018, while UKIP is going backwards.
Where are Trump and Biden’s Facebook followers located? 2020 data shows Trump (67%) has far fewer US based followers than Biden (88%). This is a reversal of 2016 data that showed Trump having many more US based followers (75% US) than Clinton (56%).
It is clear that social media has brought to the fore a whole new body of individuals who are engaged with politics but who reject official membership. In my examinations of this new force of ‘virtual members’, followers and supporters of the parties on Facebook are younger and more representative of the British public than official membership.