Americans at the ends of the ideological spectrum are the most active in national politics
Americans who hold less consistently liberal or conservative views tend to be less engaged in national politics.
The Behaviors and Attitudes of U.S. Adults on Twitter
A minority of Twitter users produce a majority of tweets from U.S. adults, and the most active tweeters are less likely to view the tone or civility of discussions as a major problem on the site.
On social media, Gen Z and Millennial adults interact more with climate change content than older generations
Among U.S. social media users, 45% of Gen Z adults have interacted with content that focuses on the need for action on climate change.
Key findings about voter engagement in the 2020 election
53% of U.S. adults who voted in the general election say they engaged in at least 1 of 6 political activities over the past six months.
Social media continue to be important political outlets for Black Americans
These platforms have served as venues for political engagement and social activism for many years, especially for Black Americans.
23% of users in U.S. say social media led them to change views on an issue; some cite Black Lives Matter
The share of social media users who say they have changed their views on an issue has increased since we last asked this question in 2018.
Differences in How Democrats and Republicans Behave on Twitter
Entering the peak of the the 2020 election season, social media platforms are firmly entrenched as a venue for Americans to process campaign news and engage in various types of social activism. But not all Americans use these platforms in similar ways.
Americans think social media can help build movements, but can also be a distraction
80% of Americans say social media platforms are very or somewhat effective for raising public awareness about political or social issues.
Outside U.S., Floyd’s killing and protests sparked discussion on legislators’ Twitter accounts
Many legislators in four English-speaking countries directly addressed George Floyd’s killing and the subsequent protests on Twitter.
Posts mentioning ‘Black lives matter’ spiked on lawmakers’ social media accounts after George Floyd killing
236 members (45%) of the 116th Congress have mentioned “Black lives matter” on Facebook or Twitter dating back as far as Jan. 1, 2015.
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