Do politicians read your tweets?

July 29, 2011 7:38:18 PM PDT
Does Congress really listen to what you're saying on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube? A new survey says yes.

Friday, President Barack Obama urged Americans to contact members of Congress to pressure them to reach a compromise on raising the debt ceiling.

A new survey of congressional staffers by the Congressional Management Foundation asked if they found social media effective in gauging the opinions of constituents. More than two-thirds said Facebook is an important tool, 42 percent said Twitter was, and a third for YouTube.

The poll isn't scientific, but experts say members of Congress tend to be good pollsters because if they get the answers wrong, they lose their jobs.