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Pew Report: Politics, Mobile The State of the 2012 Election – Mobile Politics

The State of the 2012 Election — Mobile Politics, by Aaron Smith, Maeve Duggan, Oct 9, 2012: “As of late September, 88% of registered voters own a cell phone of some kind—and significant numbers of these voters are using their mobile devices to get information about the 2012 election, to interact with the campaigns, and to converse with other voters about political issues:

  • 27% of registered voters who own a cell phone have used their phone in this election campaign to keep up with news related to the election itself or to political issues in general.

  • Three quarters of these cell-owning registered voters use their phone to send or receive text messages…
  • Smartphone owners are using their mobile devices as a tool for political participation on social networking sites and as a way to fact check campaign statements in real time. Roughly half (48%) of registered voters who own a cell phone say that they have a smartphone…”

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