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.

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 TrumpDem rep: Trump can't deliver on promise because of Russia probe Trump turns up heat on AG Sessions over recusal Trump: 'I won't say' that I should be on Mount Rushmore 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 Rodham ClintonTrump turns up heat on AG Sessions over recusal Mellman: Trump love? Overnight Cybersecurity: Senate Judiciary reportedly drops Manafort subpoena | Kushner meets with House Intel | House passes Russia sanctions deal | What to watch at 'hacker summer camp' MORE and Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Healthcare: Senate votes to begin ObamaCare repeal debate | McCain returns to vote | GOP floats scaled-down healthcare bill OPINION | Healthcare vote a political death wish for GOP in 2018 Senate parliamentarian: More parts of ObamaCare repeal will need 60 votes 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.