Some 51 percent of social media users have posted political messages on their Facebook wall, yet only about one-third (36 percent) have changed their mind on an issue based on the political content a friend posted on social media.

Market researcher Lab 42 surveyed 500 social media users on a range of political topics — from views on the president and Congress–to which television networks politicos turn to for their news. Complete findings appear in the infographic beneath this post, but the highlights include:

  • 63 percent of social media users voted for President Barack Obama in 2008, yet only 53 percent would vote for him today.
  • 59 percent would support an independent or third-party candidate for president.
  • 49 percent of social media users follow both local and national politics.
  • 49 percent think it would be a good thing if most members of Congress were voted out of office in 2012.
  • Let us know what you think about the infographic below — how do the findings compare with what you see on Facebook?