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.
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.