Do Facebook Posts Impact Your Political View?


Pew Internet & American Life Project’s recent study on The Politics on Social Networking Sites found that the use of social networking sites sometimes impacts people’s political views and involvement as follows:

  • 25% of SNS users say they have become more active in a political issue after discussing it or reading posts about it on the sites.
  • 16% of SNS users say they have changed their views about a political issue after discussing it or reading posts about it on the sites.
  • 9% of SNS users say they have become less involved in a political issue after discussing it or reading posts about it on the sites.

 

Democrats and liberals who use social networking sites are more likely than others to say their activities on the sites have led them to become more active: 33% of SNS-using Democrats say this, compared with 24% of both SNS-using Republicans and SNS-using independents. Some 39% of SNS-using liberals say their use of the sites has gotten them more involved in an issue, compared with 24% of SNS-using conservatives and 21% of SNS-using moderates.

 

So long story short, when you think debating whether or not to broach a hot button political story on Facebook, press post. You never know whose mind you might change!

Posted by:Stephanie Grocott
Project Coordinator
Campaign Consultation,Inc.

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