A new report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project shows that Internet users have greater overall exposure to political arguments, including those that challenge their candidate preferences and their positions on key issues such as the war in Iraq, free trade, and gay marriage. The Political Information Report is based on the findings of a daily tracking survey on Americans’ use of the Internet and an online survey about Internet health resources.
The researchers explained: “All numerical data was gathered through telephone interviews conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates between June 14 and July 3, 2004, among a sample of 1,510 adults, aged 18 and older. For results based on the total sample, one can say with 95% confidence that the error attributable to sampling and other random effects is +/- 2.7%. For results based Internet users (n=1,036), the margin of sampling error is +/- 3.3%.”
You can download a .pdf copy of the report to see for yourself that wired Americans are not isolating their minds from positions which oppose their favored candidate or sides of issues as some pundits had predicted.
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