POLL: Politics and the Internet Meet in the Rise of the Wired Electorate

For example, in the online political population, 71 percent of conservatives approve of Bush's performance, 71 percent say the war in Iraq was worth fighting and 51 percent say the country's going in the right direction overall. Among all other conservatives, not just those who go online for political news and information, these numbers are sharply lower. There's no such difference in attitudes among liberals or moderates.

INTERNET VOTING — Finally, for all their use of the Internet, the online political population is divided evenly — as are all Internet users overall — on whether they'd support allowing people to vote online, assuming such a system could be made secure from fraud. Adults who don't use the Internet at all, meanwhile, oppose the idea by well over a 2-1 margin.

A broad concern in both populations is whether online voting indeed could be made secure. Fewer than two in 10 Americans see that happening any time soon — down from a 1999 poll. Two-thirds think it will take many years before it's possible, and one in 10 think it'll never happen — including equal numbers of online and offline Americans alike.

METHODOLOGY — This ABC News/Facebook poll was conducted by telephone Dec. 16-19, 2007, among a random national sample of 1,142 adults, including an oversample of 18- to 29-year-olds for a total of 274 respondents under age 30 (weighted back to their correct share of the national population). The results have a margin of sampling error of 3 points for the full sample, 4.5 points for the online political information population and 4 points for others. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by TNS of Horsham, Pa.

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