Our November 2010 Post Election survey contains questions about how the internet was used for news gathering and political engagement in the context of the 2010 midterm elections.
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The Internet and Campaign 2010
54% of adults used the internet for political purposes in the 2010 election cycle, far surpassing the 2006 midterm contest.
22% of online Americans used social networking or Twitter for politics in 2010 campaign
Republicans catch up to Democrats in social media use for politics as social media became a regular part of the political environment in the 2010 midyear elections
Politics goes mobile
More than a quarter of American adults – 26% – used their cell phones to learn about or participate in the 2010 mid-term election campaign.
8% of online Americans use Twitter
Eight percent of online adults use Twitter. It is particularly popular with young adults, minorities, and those who live in cities.