Originally published: December 15, 2009
Last updated: December 15, 2009 - 5:14pm
Only 42 percent of African Americans and Hispanics regularly use the Internet, yet they overwhelmingly agree that Internet access is critical to achieving success, according to new findings from a national survey of 900 minority adults conducted by Brilliant Corners Research, led by Pollster Cornell Belcher.
Poll respondents strongly agree on several Internet-enabled, life-changing benefits that make access so valuable:
- More than 60 percent (64%) of those polled strongly believe the Internet is important, because students with access can receive tutoring and help with their homework.
- Forty-three percent of respondents strongly agree that students with Internet access achieve higher grades.
- More than three in five (61%) strongly feel households with Internet access have greater access to commerce, education, health care, entertainment and communication.
- Approximately half (48%) strongly agree that Internet is valuable, because tech-connected families receive more health information.
- More than 60 percent (62%) strongly believe individuals with Internet access have more opportunities to work from home.
- Nearly seven in ten (68%) respondents strongly agree that small business owners with Internet access are better able to reach and expand their customer base.
- One in two (51%) strongly feel Internet access increases awareness and access to government services.
- Most of the respondents said they accessed the Internet from home - 78 percent - and slightly more than two-thirds (68%) said they access the Internet from a private portal, as opposed to a public portal, such as at anchor institutions like the library.
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