The Annenberg Center for the Digital Future has released their 2014 Digital Future Report and it has some interesting information concerning the internet and politics. The section on the the Internet and the political process starts on page 129 of the report and is certainly interesting reading for those of us who use the internet to attempt to influence the political process.
A snippet from the report:
Political power and influence
Users who said. . .
. . . the Internet has become important for political campaigns 71%
. . . by using the Internet public officials will care more about what people think 32%
. . . the Internet helps people to better understand politics 58%
. . . the Internet can give people more say in what government does 32%
. . . by using the Internet people like you can have more political power 34%
. . . Users who said it is safe to say whatever they think about politics while online 31%