Facebook protest: not just for kids
A newly released study by the Rideau Institute asserts that nearly half of the people on the Facebook group against prorogation are 45 years of age and older. They're also regular voters. This puts a dent in claims that those 200,000-plus people are disaffected youth.
Here's some more data from the poll, courtesy of the press release that accompanied it.
Despite the popular perception that the online social networking site is the purview of young people who typically don’t vote, the study “Facebook and Prorogation” found that users who joined the anti-prorogation group were likely to be over the age of 45 (50%), to consider themselves somewhat or very “politically engaged”(88%), and to have voted in the last election (96%).
For most of its members, this was the first time they had joined a Facebook group with a political theme (55%), and three-quarters felt that joining would “make a difference” (75%).
“This study shows that Facebook could provide an important means for political parties and interest groups to organize committed supporters or gauge public opinion,” said Steven Staples, President of the Rideau Institute.This survey was conducted on-line from January 13 to January 16, 2010. An invitation to participate in the survey was posted on the “wall” and the discussion board of Facebook’s Canadians Against Proroguing Parliament group, and 341 people responded to the survey.