A survey conducted by a digital marketing company has claimed that nearly one-third of first-time voters were influenced by political messages on social media platforms in the ongoing general elections. As many as half of around 15-crore first-time voters received political messages through various social media platforms, said the report based on an online survey of around 25 lakh participants.
Political movement on social media was higher in 2019 Lok Sabha elections than in 2014, the report by ADG Online said.
“30 per cent of 150 million first-time voters are engaged and influenced through social media platforms, political messages have reached out to 50 per cent of first-time voters through social media and rest 20 per cent are aware of the developments in the country,” the report said.
Social media messages have a greater influence on youths, the report said adding that more than 50 per cent voters influenced by social media are less than 25 years of age.
As per the survey report, around 40 per cent of youths (18-24 years) kept themselves updated about the political developments through at least one of the five social media platforms—Facebook, Instagram, ShareChat, Whatsapp and Twitter.
The very nature of social media helped in amplifying engagement through comments, online interactions, trolls, posts, pictures showing support, it said.
Anuj Sayal, Group Chairman, ADG Online, said, “Political parties have used big data analytics techniques for increasing mass outreach and conveying their key messages for the general elections.” An expert said social media has served as the most important source of information for political developments, surpassing other mediums.