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Google a source for younger voters

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Google is already a common tool for finding information, from directions to restaurant reviews.

But a new survey indicates that young people may be using web searches for political decision making.

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A survey by internet reputation service BrandYourself found half of young adults type a politician's name into a search engine before casting a vote.

The report suggests that as a result, younger voters are more likely to support the person they’re searching for.

But Syracuse University political scientist Bob McClure says that doesn't necessarily mean Google is the only decision making tool. And he says access to information on the web won't increase turnout: "suppose they search. After they get this information, I still believe they'll be less likely to vote than your grandmother."

McClure says young people tend to be less ideological and less partisan than older voters.

The survey polled 2570 adults and was conducted by Harris Interactive.

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