Some 55 percent searched for political news online, researched candidate positions, debated issues or otherwise participated in the election over the Internet, the Pew Internet and American Life Project found.
New forms of Internet communication such as blogs, social-networking sites like Facebook and video-sharing sites played a prominent role, the nonprofit group said. Among its findings:
- 45 percent of Internet users watched online videos related to politics or the election;
- 33 percent of Internet users shared political content with others;
- 52 percent of those on a social network used it for political purposes.