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Social Media Users Say Sites Don’t Influence Their Politics

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Last Friday, Robert Mueller’s special investigation handed over indictments against 13 Russians for meddling in the 2016 election by using stolen identities from American citizens to promote mostly pro-Trump political activist campaigns through social media. Though most voters are avid users of social media,  few say they’re influenced  by political posts on platforms like Twitter and Facebook.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 71% of Likely U.S. Voters say they use social media like Facebook and Twitter at least a few times a week. That includes 42% who use them every day and 16% who do so nearly every day. Another eight percent (8%) say they go on such sites every now and then. Twenty-one percent (21%) say they rarely or never use social media. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The national survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on February 19-20, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.


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