From a new Pew survey on Government Online:
Government agencies have begun to open up their data to the public, and a surprisingly large number of citizens are showing interest.
Some 40% of adult internet users have gone online for raw data about government spending and activities. This includes anyone who has done at least one of the following:
- look online to see how federal stimulus money is being spent (23% of internet users have done this);
- read or download the text of legislation (22%);
- visit a site such as data.gov that provides access to government data (16%); or
- look online to see who is contributing to the campaigns of their elected officials (14%).
Source: Law Librarian Blog