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The Influence of Social Networking Sites on Participation in the 2012 Presidential Election

  • Rachel F. Adler
  • William D. Adler
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8029)

Abstract

Social networking sites are gaining in popularity, and candidates for president have been getting more involved in these online platforms. In order to examine whether a presidential candidate’s presence on social networking sites influences people’s political participation, we conducted a survey asking users a series of questions related to their social networking involvement, political involvement, and political involvement on social networking sites, specifically with regard to the 2012 presidential election. Our results indicate that despite being politically minded, these users do not use Facebook for political reasons and a candidate’s online presence does not influence their decision on how to vote.

Keywords

Social Networking Sites Elections Facebook 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rachel F. Adler
    • 1
  • William D. Adler
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceNortheastern Illinois UniversityChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Department of Political ScienceJohns Hopkins UniversityMarylandUSA

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