Disclosure of U.S. social media users' political views via posts in 2012, by stance

This graph shows the share of U.S. social networking site users who said they had learned via social posts that their friends' political views were different than they had thought. The responses are differentiated by the political stance of participants. In 2012, 52 percent of liberal social network users found that someone's beliefs were different than they thought, based on something their friends had posted on social networking sites.

Share of U.S. social media users who learnt via social posts that their friends political views were different than they had thought in 2012, by political stance

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Release date

March 2012


United States

Survey time period

January 20 to February 19, 2012

Number of respondents

1,047 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Special properties

Social networking site users

Method of interview

Telephone interview

Supplementary notes

* % of social networking site users who say they learned someone’s views were different (among Democrats, Republicans, Independents; very conservative, conservative, moderate, liberal, and very liberal users)
original survey size n = 2,253

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