Social networking site users rank sites as important in election season

By WEEK Producer

Social networking site users rank sites as important in election season

September 4, 2012 Updated Sep 4, 2012 at 10:11 AM CDT

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In November, voters will determine the next president of the United States.  But for now, some Americans believe social networking sites have great importance during the campaigning process.

According to a survey by Pew Research, 36 percent of social media users say the sites are "very important" or "somewhat important" to them in keeping up with political news.

Around 26 percent of users believe social media websites are "very important" and "somewhat important" to them in recruiting people to get involved in political issues that matter to them.

A quarter of those surveyed say they use social media for debating or discussing political issues with others.

The report found that democrats who use social networking sites are more likely than republicans or independents to say the sites are important.

To read the full report, visit http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2012/Politics-on-SNS.aspx.

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