According to a new study, 75 million Americans used the Internet in 2004 to dig up political news, give money to a candidate, chat about politics via e-mail or participate in the political process.
That number equaled 61 percent of people who go online or use e-mail — or 37 percent of the adult population, said the study by the Pew Internet & American Life Project and the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.
“The last election was a breakout event for the Internet,” said Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Internet & American Life Project and one of the study’s authors.
For the campaign 2004 survey, the 75 million figure represented three overlapping groups that used the Internet in one way or another for political reasons:
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