Thu Sep 13, 2012, 02:48 AM
alp227 (20,473 posts)
Facebook friends’ voting has impact on Election Day turnout, study finds
Source: Washington Post
One message sent to 60 million Facebook users on Election Day 2010 got at least 300,000 additional people to vote, according to a study published Wednesday in Nature magazine.
The message showed the recipient which friends said they had already voted. The result was that the recipient was likely to also go out and vote. In addition, for every user who was persuaded to vote, four friends were as well.
But if no friends were shown as having voted, the message had little impact.
The leader of the research said that 300,000 was a conservative estimate. “The actual number is probably closer to a million people,” said James Fowler, a professor of medical genetics and political science at the University of California at San Diego.
Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/facebook-friends-voting-has-impact-on-election-day-turnout-study-finds/2012/09/12/92024dd2-fce3-11e1-a31e-804fccb658f9_story.html
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Facebook friends’ voting has impact on Election Day turnout, study finds (Original post)
|Ian David||Sep 2012||#2|
Response to alp227 (Original post)
Thu Sep 13, 2012, 02:55 AM
flamingdem (22,706 posts)
1. I agree! The earlier the better to remind people who are procrastinators
They see others feel good about voting and the peer pressure thing kicks in
Response to FailureToCommunicate (Reply #3)
Thu Sep 13, 2012, 11:35 AM
bucolic_frolic (708 posts)
4. Which makes them the Deciders
in some countries everyone votes. In Australia you are fined for not
voting. It's like $AU100
But here, because not everyone votes, the people least informed, least
involved, perhaps slightly more uneducated or even unintelligent
THESE are the last minute voters that can decide an election.
It's not a good business model.
Response to bucolic_frolic (Reply #4)
Thu Sep 13, 2012, 06:43 PM
axollot (1,431 posts)
6. The high voter turn out in Australia..
...also seems to keep the extremists from gaining any kind of majority. When 98% of voters turn out, you get a better balance. When the US has mandatory voting then we could get rid of the electoral college for the "popular vote" but as they say, an act of Congress it would require! There is a reason they still use voter suppression. Along with voter apathy it's the only way they can get elected.