Study: The Internet Was A Key Force In 2004 Politics

Study: The Internet Was A Key Force In 2004 Politics

The Internet became an essential part of American politics in 2004. Last year was a breakout year for the role of the Internet in politics. Fully 75 million Americans – 37 percent of the adult population and 61 percent 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 percent of the U.S. population in 2000 to 29 percent in 2004), and there was an increase of more than 50 percent 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.

National Homeownership Month

Article

37 Researchers Working to Transform Biomedical Science

Quick View
Article

Biomedical researchers are on the front lines of scientific innovation. From responding to global pandemics to pioneering lifesaving cancer treatments, these researchers push past scientific boundaries to solve pressing health challenges. For nearly 40 years, The Pew Charitable Trusts has supported more than 1,000 early-career biomedical scientists committed to this discovery.

Composite image of modern city network communication concept

Learn the Basics of Broadband from Our Limited Series

Sign up for our four-week email course on Broadband Basics

Quick View

How does broadband internet reach our homes, phones, and tablets? What kind of infrastructure connects us all together? What are the major barriers to broadband access for American communities?

Pills illustration
Pills illustration

What Is Antibiotic Resistance—and How Can We Fight It?

Sign up for our four-week email series The Race Against Resistance.

Quick View

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria, also known as “superbugs,” are a major threat to modern medicine. But how does resistance work, and what can we do to slow the spread? Read personal stories, expert accounts, and more for the answers to those questions in our four-week email series: Slowing Superbugs.