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Pew study: Social networking and politics may not mix

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A new survey by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project suggests social networking and politics could be a dangerous mix.

Friends disagree with friends about political issues and usually let their disagreements pass without comment, according to the study.

About 38 percent of social media users have discovered through a friend's posts that their political beliefs were different than the user thought they were.

Very liberal users and very conservative users are often the most likely to have acted for and against others on social media.

Study breakdown:

  • About 25 percent always agree or mostly agree with their friends' political postings.
  • Roughly 73 percent of users "only sometimes" agree or never agree with their friends' political postings.
  • About 66 percent of users say they usually ignore political the posts.
  • Approximately 28 percent said they usually respond with comments or posts of their own.
  • Only 5 percent said it depends on the circumstances.

The report is based on data from telephone interviews conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International from Jan. 20 to Feb. 19, 2012.

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