A Survey of Uses and Users of Online Sources of Political Information

The purpose of this survey is to examine the uses and users of online sources for political information. We ask that only those individuals who access websites, blogs, social media sites, Twitter, and YouTube for political information participate in this survey. Additionally, respondents must be eligible to vote in the U.S.

This study is being conducted for academic purposes by researchers at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and the University of Texas-Austin. This is the seventh such survey we have conducted. Our findings have been published across about 30 academic articles.

The University of Tennessee Institutional Review Board has approved this survey. All responses will be kept confidential and no identifying personal factors will be used in reporting the results of this survey. Your email address is used only to check for duplicate transmission and is deleted after the survey is received. Completion of this survey will be taken as your consent to participate in this research. If at any time you wish to withdraw from the survey, just close your browser window. There is no penalty for withdrawing.

The survey should take between about 15 - 20 minutes to complete. We really appreciate your time. If you have any questions or would like access to our past work, please email us at UT-Austin.politicalsurvey@hotmail.com

As part of the survey procedures we're including a "snowball" option - we're asking you to please send the survey URL to people you know who access websites, blogs, social media sites, Twitter or YouTube for political information and are at least 18 years old.

URL: http://survey.utk.edu/mrIWeb/mrIWeb.dll?I.Project=SOURCES2011

Please copy the URL into an email, onto a website or blog, or Tweet it to those you think would be interested in filling out the survey.
The URL is also posted at the end of the survey.

For this survey, you will be asked to examine if and how you use the following online and non-online sources for political information:
a. Websites: Websites that focus on politics (i.e. MoveOn.org, Townhall.com)
b. Blogs: Blogs that primarily comment on politics. Political blogs often have a clearly stated political slant (i.e. Instapundit, Huffington Post).
c. Social Network Sites: Messages from political individuals or groups that focus on politics (i.e. Facebook, MySpace, Tumblr).
d. Twitter: Politically oriented Tweets.
e. YouTube: Political videos.
f. Newspapers (printed or online): Specifically, political stories and commentary (i.e. The Washington Post, your local newspaper).
g. Broadcast television news shows (televised or online): Specifically, political reports and video (i.e. ABC News, local affiliate newscast).
h. Fox News Channel (televised or online): Specifically, political reports and video.
i. CNN (televised or online): Specifically, political reports and video.
j. MSNBC (televised or online): Specifically, political reports and video.
k. Parody news television shows (televised or online): Specifically, political reports and video. (i.e. The Daily Show, The Colbert Report).
To take the survey, click to the next page.