Once again, Florida Politics is the most-read news outlet among state lawmakers
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Florida Politics is No. 1 for the third year running.

Florida Politics is the most-read news outlet among state lawmakers for the third year running, according to a new survey of legislative aides.

Conducted by CATECOMM, the 2022 Florida Legislative Aide Survey found 90% of Florida lawmakers read Florida Politics, Sunburn or FlaPol texts daily, a 4-point increase over the 2021 survey and more than double what Florida Politics scored in the first Florida Legislative Aide Survey in 2013 when we were known as SaintPetersBlog.com.

Florida Politics holds a 22-point lead over local TV news, which placed second. The next most-read news source was POLITICO Florida, which 64% of legislative aides said their bosses read daily, followed by the online editions of local newspapers at 60% and print editions at 50%.

Local Sunday shows, such as Political Connections and Facing South Florida, are regularly viewed by 48% of lawmakers. Further down the list were 24-hour news networks, led by Fox News at 38%, then CNN at 36% and MSNBC at 28%.

The Legislative Aide Survey also asked what social media platforms lawmakers use — and how they use them.

Twitter topped all other social media platforms in the survey, with 54% of aides saying it was “very important” to lawmakers and 28% saying it was “important.” The remaining 18% said lawmakers are either “neutral” or view the service as “not important.” Facebook ranked No. 2, with 48% saying it was “very important,” followed by Instagram at 18%, YouTube at 10% and TikTok at 4%.

As far as receiving views from constituents, Facebook is king. Ninety percent said the service was either “very important” or “important” in getting their message out. Twitter scored 78% combined, with no other service crossing the 50% threshold.

According to staffers, three in 10 lawmakers maintain complete control over their social media accounts, with an additional 44% personally getting behind the keyboard or camera “sometimes” and 24% doing so “rarely.” Just 2% of Representatives and Senators never operate their social media accounts.

Drew Wilson

Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for Florida Politics. He is a former editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and business correspondent at The Hollywood Reporter. Wilson, a University of Florida alumnus, covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools and The Florida Current prior to joining Florida Politics.


  • Tom

    July 25, 2022 at 7:10 am

    For the past 18 months, I’ve made FP more centrist, conservative compared to the far left leanings and commentary. The rabid extremists from the Manchurian left have been defeated.
    We have called out the most extreme commentary.

    FP is more to the center thanks to my efforts and other common sense conservatives. The ugly far left leaning commentary has been diminished. As the FP legend, I have resurrected the conservative voice as we have defeated the extremist left.

    • Joe Corsin

      July 25, 2022 at 9:36 am

      ^ Delusional narcissist…needs help immediately.

  • Tom

    July 25, 2022 at 5:15 pm

    Truth hurts you, I am FP legend. Well known.
    Go to guy on click page, I am conservative voice, conscience.
    I’ve destroyed you in matter of hours.
    Drop the mic! You have berm exposed as fraud, racist corsin!

    • Joe Corsin

      July 25, 2022 at 5:29 pm

      You’ve done not one thing…just spewing nonsense out of your bung hole. You need Baker Act.

  • Tom

    July 25, 2022 at 8:14 pm

    Racist A hole!
    Hunter protege, LMAO.
    Loser, people’s abandoning Dums! Crisis.
    You wouldn’t say to my face, just tell me where and when to meet. Anytime pal!

    • Joe Corsin

      July 25, 2022 at 8:28 pm

      ^ This kid is babbling about some dude named Hunter… calling people racist. Quite possible this is some bizarre reaction to being aware that he’s a racist? Hard to understand such unintelligible nonsense. And to top it all off we obviously have a violent disregulated individual… possible dangerous far right terrorist… probably a good idea to alert FBI.

  • Tom

    July 26, 2022 at 7:11 am

    LMAO, some dude named Hunter.
    Only the most famous degenerate with that name. Associated with foreign countries illegally, and has alined his pockets and families with foreign monies. Clueless corsin, elliot, and peter h, amongst other Manchurian, Soros hacks.

    I am the FP legend you ignorant A-hole racist corsin, loser.

  • Tom

    July 26, 2022 at 7:41 am

    Loser corsin. Clueless, really? You don’t know Hunter? America’s degenerate.

    Not calling people racist, calling you only based upon your hatred and racist statements towards Floridians. You elitist racist, constantly demeaning others.

    I am the FP legend, saved it from far left commentary. Your existence here has been a week. Clueless corsin, no track record of accomplishment.

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