Internet Now Leading Source Of Campaign News For Young People

Posted January 11, 2008 at 11:45am

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The Pew Research Center reports that a survey conducted last month shows that nearly a quarter of Americans (24 percent) say they regularly learn something about the campaign from the internet, almost double the percentage from a comparable point in the 2004 campaign (13 percent). One striking finding was that the internet has now become a leading source of campaign news for young people, and the role of social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook is a notable part of the story. Fully 42% of those ages 18 to 29 say they regularly learn about the campaign from the internet, the highest percentage for any news source. In January 2004, just 20% of young people said they routinely got campaign news from the internet.