Half of America plays digital politics

A new report out from the folks at the Pew Internet Project finds that 46 per cent of Americans have used the Internet or cellphones to do some politicking. The survey of 2,251 Americans also finds that the number going online for political news and information has doubled in this election cycle compared to the 2004 race, from 8 per cent to 17 per cent.

Not surprisingly, the poll found that use of new digital technologies to campaign and to learn about campaigns tends to be greatest among younger voters. Supporters of Obama tend to have higher online profiles than McCain's supporters, the poll says.

Also of note: It seems that American voters seem to like using the Internet to get around media filters. The poll found that 39 per cent of online Americans are using the Internet to get access to original campaign documents or video of speeches and announcements.

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