September 20, 2006

More Americans turn to the internet for news about politics

Questions and Methodology

August 2006 Daily Tracking Survey

Final Topline, 9/7/06

Data for August 1 –  31, 2006

Princeton Survey Research Associates International for the Pew Internet & American Life Project 

Sample: n = 3,001 adults 18 and older
Interviewing dates: 8.1.06 – 8.31.06

  • Margin of error is plus or minus 2 percentage points for results based on the full sample [n=3,001]
  • Margin of error is plus or minus 3 percentage points for results based on internet users [n=1,994]

WEB1    Please tell me if you ever use the internet to do any of the following things.  Do you ever use the internet to…/Did you happen to do this yesterday, or not?1

WEB1 Please tell me if you ever use the internet to do any of the following things. Do you ever use the internet to…/Did you happen to do this yesterday, or not?

Methodology

The 2006 data reported in this memo come from a survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International between August 1, 2006 and August 31, 2006. For results based adult internet users (n=1,021), the margin of sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. The November 2004 data is based on a survey of 2,200 Americans; the July 2002 data is based on a survey of 2,501 Americans.

The sample for the surveys is a random digit sample of telephone numbers selected from telephone exchanges in the continental United States. The random digit aspect of the sample is used to avoid “listing” bias and provides representation of both listed and unlisted numbers (including not-yet-listed numbers). The design of the sample achieves this representation by random generation of the last two digits of telephone numbers selected on the basis of their area code, telephone exchange, and bank number. The response rate for the August 2006 survey was 28%.

  1. numoffset=”4″ Prior to January 2005, question wording was “Please tell me if you ever do any of the following when you go online. Do you ever…?/Did you happen to do this yesterday, or not?”