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Friday, July 26, 2013

How Many Vermont Lawmakers Are on Social Media?

Posted By on Fri, Jul 26, 2013 at 4:49 PM

How many state senators are live-tweeting lunch? Can you track down your rep on Snapchat? We don't have answers to those questions, specifically, but a new survey attempted to determine how widespread the use of social media and email is in the halls of the Statehouse.

Organized by the Vermont Technology Working Group, the survey asked all 180 state legislators what technology they use to keep in touch with constituents. Only 42 responded. But it's a start toward understanding which platforms are popular among lawmakers. A few key points:

  • Ninety-eight percent of lawmakers use email in their capacity as elected officials. (The one legislator who said he/she doesn't use email is probably not reading this blog post.)
  • Of those, 36 percent said they use email "less than monthly."
  • Sixty-nine percent of legislators said they use social media; 31 percent said they don't.
  • The city effect: 73 percent of Chittenden County legislators are on social media. In the rest of the state, 60 percent said yes.
  • Which platform is most effective for speaking with constituents? Facebook and email tied for the lead, with 36 percent each. Fourteen percent of legislators picked Front Porch Forum as their top social media platform, and Twitter got 5 percent.
  • Email is more popular for connecting with media, with two thirds of lawmakers picking that method to communicate with the press.

Regrettably, the survey did not ask how many have tweeted photos of their junk. Sorry, Carlos Danger.

Click here to see the full survey rundown.

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