Americans do online politics

The Pew Institute, which publishes research about various aspects of internet use in the US, has just produced a report on the presidential election:

Fully 75 million Americans – 37% of the adult population and 61% of online Americans – used the internet to get political news and information, discuss candidates and debate issues in emails, or participate directly in the political process by volunteering or giving contributions to candidates. The online political news consumer population grew dramatically from previous election years (up from 18% of the U.S. population in 2000 to 29% in 2004), and there was an increase of more than 50% between 2000 and 2004 in the number of registered voters who cited the internet as one of their primary sources of news about the presidential campaign.

Knowing that we can expect an election in the next 14 months, it will be interesting to see how big the gap is.