16 percent of registered voters now use platforms such as Twitter and Facebook to follow political candidates, parties and elected officials, reveals a new study from Pew Research.
This compares to just 6 percent who used these channels to connect to political leaders in 2010.
The survey also found that the largest increases were amongst those in the 30-49 and 50-64 year-old age groups.
Helping voters find out more about political news before others was cited as the single biggest reason for the uplift.
(Source: Pew Research.)