Media & News Sep. 26, 2012

How Political Media Narratives Differ on Social and Traditional Media

During what may prove a key period in the race for president, the candidates received very different treatment on Twitter, Facebook and blogs than in the mainstream media, a new PEJ study finds.

Internet & Tech Sep. 4, 2012

Social Media’s Influence on Politics

Campaign and policy-related material on social networking sites plays a modest role in influencing most users’ views and political activities. Democrats and liberals are the most likely to say the sites have impact and are important and the politically engaged stand out in their use of the sites

Media & News Aug. 15, 2012

Obama Outpaces Romney in Social Media, Web Campaign

Barack Obama holds a distinct advantage over Mitt Romney in the way his campaign is using digital technology to communicate directly with voters.

Internet & Tech Mar. 12, 2012

Social Networking Sites and Politics

Postings on social networking sites reveal surprises for many users when it comes to the political views of their friends. Nearly four-in-ten users discovered through postings by friends that their political beliefs were different than they thought. A small percentage of users blocked, unfriended or hidden someone on the site because their political postings.

Media & News Dec. 8, 2011

Twitter and the Campaign

The political conversation on Twitter is markedly different than that on blogs—and both are decidedly different than the political narrative presented by the mainstream press, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism that analyzed more than 20 million tweets, the online conversation and traditional news coverage about the campaign.

Pew Research Center Sep. 22, 2011

What new uses of the Internet might emerge in the 2012 campaign?

Senior research staff answer questions from readers relating to all the areas covered by our seven projects, ranging from polling techniques and findings, to media, technology, religious, demographic and global attitudes trends.

Pew Research Center Sep. 22, 2011

Ask the Expert

Senior research staff answer questions from readers relating to all the areas covered by our seven projects, ranging from polling techniques and findings, to media, technology, religious, demographic and global attitudes trends.

Internet & Tech Mar. 17, 2011

The Internet and Campaign 2010

More than half of U.S. adults used the internet for political purposes in the last cycle, far surpassing the 2006 midterm contest. They hold mixed views about the impact of the internet: It enables extremism, while helping the like-minded find each other. It provides diverse sources, but makes it harder to find truthful sources.

Internet & Tech Jan. 26, 2011

Twitter and Social Networking in the 2010 Midterm Elections

More than one-in-five online Americans engaged with the 2010 midterm elections or campaign on Twitter or social networking sites; Republicans — especially Tea Party supporters — caught up with Democrats in social media use.

Internet & Tech Dec. 28, 2010

Mobile Politics 2010

More than a quarter of American adults used their cell phones to learn about or participate in the 2010 midterm election campaign.