Religion dominates Facebook chatter before primaries

Religion dominates Facebook chatter before primaries

Religion is the top political topic on Facebook going into Tuesday night’s spate of presidential primaries, according to data from the company.

The economy, racial issues, immigration and government ethics rounded out the top five on Facebook's nationwide most-talked-about list.

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The nationwide trends differed significantly, however, from the most popular topics at the state level.

In Florida, which holds its primary on Tuesday, the most-discussed political topic was Cuba. The state is home to a large Cuban population and has historically been the center of Cuban-American politics.

Education, meanwhile, was the issue most talked about on Facebook in Ohio, where Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio) hopes to beat out real estate executive Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP-Trump trade fight boils over with threat to cars Trump: Meetings on potential North Korea summit going 'very well' Freed American 'overwhelmed with gratitude' after being released from Venezuela MORE, the front-runner in the GOP field, as voters cast ballots on Tuesday.

Data collected between Feb. 14 and March 13 shows that Trump continues to dominate the volume of conversation nationwide. Forty million people generated 328,508,000 interactions — including likes, shares, comments and posts — about him in the last month. Democratic candidates Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFranklin Graham hosting 10 rallies in California urging Christians to vote Trump: Obama didn’t want to ‘upset the apple cart’ by investigating Russians Rick Santorum: Migrant children the government lost track of aren't lost MORE and Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersFreedom Caucus chairman: Who was FBI informant reporting to? Trump: ‘Clapper has now admitted there was spying on my campaign’ Overnight Defense: Trump decision on Korea summit coming 'next week' | China disinvited from major naval exercise | Senate sends VA reform bill to Trump MORE followed him in interest online.

The data does not reflect what people are saying about the candidates, so the conversation could be negative, positive or neutral.

Several states, including Missouri, North Carolina and Illinois, also hold their primaries on Tuesday.