Experimental research from the Pew Internet & American Life Project and BuzzMetrics suggests that political bloggers can make an impact on politics, but they often follow the lead of politicians and journalists.
Introduction Although former Vermont governor Howard Dean failed to win the Democratic presidential nomination, his campaign left a strong imprint on the political world. It assembled a network of over a half-million active supporters and contributors, raised over $20 million in mostly small donations online, and demonstrated the power of the internet as a networking […]
The internet made a difference in the campaign because of the multiple ways it can be used. This commentary accompanies a report on the internet and the election.
75 million Americans used the internet in the last campaign to get political news and information, discuss candidates and debate issues in emails, or participate directly in the political process by volunteering or giving contributions to candidates....
The findings reported here are based on the most extensive study ever conducted of English and Spanish language network and local news coverage over the course of a campaign.
11% of American internet users followed the returns on election night online.
One in ten internet users signed up for political newsletters and news alerts during campaign 2004.
Got bandwidth at home? Like politics? If you answer 'yes' to these questions, and you're young, the internet shaped what you learned about the presidential election.
Summary of Findings Voters express increasingly positive opinions of the 2004 presidential campaign. Virtually all voters 96% believe the campaign is important, while a growing number also view the campaign as interesting. Fully two-thirds of voters (66%) describe the campaign as interesting, up from 50% in early September and just 35% in June. […]