Analysis of Online Reaction to Gadhafi's Capture and Death

Since the Libyan uprising began in February, rebel’s sights have been set on overthrowing the country’s government and specifically the 42-year dictatorship of Moammar Gadhafi. As today’­s dramatic events unfolded, Crimson Hexagon analyzed the Twittersphere to take the pulse of online public sentiment. Our findings have yielded some interesting data related to public reaction to Gadhafi’s capture, which also ultimately led to his death.

  • 21% of sentiment expressed hope or wanted confirmation that reports were true, wondering if Gadhafi had really been captured
  • 17% expressed happiness and excitement related to the news, with 13% expressing anger or negativity towards Gadhafi
  • 9% of users related Gadhafi’s capture and death to that of Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein, several questioning if his body would be disposed of in the same way
  • 13% joked or were sarcastic in their response to the news, often commenting on his odd behavior or choice of clothing
  • 28% shared the news they were receiving from sources like CNN and Reuters

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