2012 Presidential Post-Election Survey

 
Social Media and the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election
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1. Did you vote in the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election?
2. For information about the 2012 Presidential Election, how much attention have you been paying to each of the following?
No Attention23Some Attention56A lot of Attention
Blogs
C-Span
Cable television
Cable television website
E-Newsletters
Facebook
Internet service provider news sites (such as Google or Yahoo news)
LinkedIn
Microblogs (such as Twitter)
National newspaper
National newspaper website
Network television
Network television website
PBS
PBS Website
Tumblr
Wikis
YouTube
3. Show your level of agreement/disagreement to the following statements by checking one box for each statement.
Strongly DisagreeDisagreeUndecidedAgreeStrongly Agree
My vote makes a difference.
I have a real say in the government.
I can make a difference if I vote in the 2012 Presidential Election.
People like me don't have any say about what the government does.
Every vote in the election counts, including yours and mine.
Voting gives an effective way to influence what the government does.
4. How much do you think social media covered the following topics?
No coverage23Some coverage56Comprehensive coverage
Abortion
China policy
Conflict with Iran
Deficit reduction
Education
Energy policy
Fighting terrorism
Gay rights
Health care
Immigration reform
Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Job creation
Legalization of marijuana
Syrian conflict
Tax policy
Women’s health
5. How much have you depended on the following media for information on the 2012 Presidential Election?
Never23Sometimes56Always
Blogs
C-Span
Cable television
Cable television website
Candidate’s websites
E-Newsletters
Facebook
Internet service provider news sites (such as Google or Yahoo news)
LinkedIn
Microblogs (such as Twitter)
National newspaper
National newspaper website
Network television
Network television website
PBS
PBS Website
RSS feeds
Specialized websites (such as politico.com)
Tumblr
Wikis
YouTube
6. Show your level of agreement/disagreement to the following statements by checking one box for each statement.
Strongly DisagreeDisagreeUndecidedAgreeStrongly Agree
I deliberately sought news on the 2012 Presidential Elections.
I accidentally came across most information about the 2012 Presidential Election.
After I saw 2012 Presidential news on Facebook, I usually searched and found more information online.
After I saw 2012 Presidential news on Facebook, I usually read a national newspaper for more information.
After I saw 2012 presidential news on Facebook, I usually watched cable news such as FOX or CNN.
After I saw 2012 Presidential news on TV, I usually searched and found more information online.
If I had something to say about the 2012 Presidential Election, my first preference would be to Tweet it.
If I had something to say about the 2012 Presidential Election, my first preference would be to post it on Facebook.
If I had something to say about the 2012 Presidential Election, my first preference would be to share it with my friends through face-to-face communication.
If I had something to say about the 2012 Presidential Election, my first preference would be to share it with my family.
If I had something to say about the 2012 Presidential Election, my first preference would be to text my friends.
If I had something to say about the 2012 Presidential Election, my first preference would be to post it on my blog.
If I had something to say about the 2012 Presidential Election, my first preference would be to post it on Youtube.
7. Show your level of agreement/disagreement to the following statements by checking a box for each statement.

I used social media, such as Facebook and Youtube, in the 2012 Presidential election because:
Strongly DisagreeDisagreeUndecidedAgreeStrongly Agree
it helps me decide how to vote.
it helps me decide about important issues.
it allows me to see what candidates will do if elected.
it allows me to judge the personal qualities of the candidates.
of its unbiased viewpoints.
it is easy to use.
information is easy to obtain.
I can find specific political information I am looking for.
I can keep up with main issues of the day.
it helps me relax.
it is entertaining.
it is exciting.
I am comfortable using it.
it is cool to use social media.
social media is my primary source of information for all issues including politics.
social media covers the 2012 Presidential Election well.
candidates in the 2012 Presidential Election utilize social media heavily to communicate with their constituents.
it is easier to get information on social media websites.
it gives me an opportunity to discuss the election with my friends.
social media accurately reflects the trends in the 2012 Presidential Election.
I do not know how to get information on the 2012 Presidential Election with traditional media.
social media is the only media I use to educate myself about the candidates.
social media lets me express my opinions.
I can get my questions answered quickly using social media.
social media is NOT appropriate for serious issues like presidential elections.
social media turns the 2012 Presidential Election into a fun event.
it helps me to encourage other people to participate in the election.
I am good at finding political information on social media.
8. How much time do you spend each week engaging in the following activities?
Number of hours per week
Internet
Newspaper
Radio
Television
9. Show your level of affiliation with the following by checking one box for each item.
No affiliation23Some affiliation56Strong affiliation
Political party
Social issues
Fiscal issues
10. What is your total household income?
11. What is your gender?
12. How old are you?
Age
Please select your age from the drop-down menu.
13. What is the highest degree or level of school you have completed? If currently enrolled, mark the previous grade or highest degree received.

The purpose of this survey is to conduct research on individual’s use of social media and their level of political participation. My proposed research will contribute to our understanding of social media use in political participation.

Your participation in this survey is voluntary.

No information that can be used to identify you will be used in the survey, subsequent analysis, and future published materials. No individual response will be used in the analysis.

The Chadron State College Institutional Review Board has reviewed and approved the project. You may contact the Office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs if you have any questions. Please contact Dr. Shafiq Rahman, the principal investigator of this project, with any questions about research and the survey.

Sincerely,

Shafiq Rahman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Communication and Social Sciences
srahman@csc.edu
(308) 432-6327

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