Federal Eye: Study: 61% of adults use web for government info

Happy Wednesday! The Pew Internet and American Life Project have published
a fantastic study
of how Americans use the Internet to learn about
all levels of government. Let’s dive right into the highlights:

• 82 percent of all Web users in the survey (representing 61 percent of all American adults) looked for information or completed a
transaction on a government Web site in the 12 months preceding the

• 35 percent researched official government documents or statistics; 23 percent obtained information or applied for government benefits; 19
percent obtained information or applied for a government job.

• 15 percent paid a fine online, including parking tickets. (The Eye has done this several times.)

• High-income and well-educated Americans are more likely to look for government information online.

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