Voters Expect The Next President To Be Internet Savvy

Privacy A Main Concern

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Forty-four percent of voters expect the next President to be Internet savvy, according to a new poll done by Zogby International on behalf of the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee(CICAC).

Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee

The Internet has surpassed radio and television as the main source of candidate information. Forty-seven percent of those polled said the Internet is the primary source of their knowledge of the presidential candidates. Just 31 percent and 13 percent cited television and radio respectively as the primary source.

"The Internet has become the ultimate tool for democracy," said Tim Lordan, executive director of the (CICAC). "The Internet as ‘fundraiser’ has been understood for some time, but the displacement of television and radio as top sources of voter information is a sea change that is destined to advantage the most Internet savvy candidate of the pack."

Concerns over voter fraud shot down the idea for Internet voting with 67 percent saying it was a bad idea. Technology (37%) and privacy/security (28%) placed first and second in issues to be addressed by the next president, health did not rise above third in priority among any demographic including seniors.

Among the age the groups polled, 18-24 year-olds and those over 70 had the most privacy concern over the posting of a drunken photo. In contrast 25-34 year olds were more concerned about the posting of a video of them talking with their friends while 35-54 year-olds were more concerned with the posting of them in a swimsuit.

The Zogby poll surveyed 3,585 adults and was conducted from January 21 to January 23.

Voters Expect The Next President To Be Internet Savvy
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