Hill staffers discuss their hesitations about using social media to communicate with constituents.
Staffers would only talk on background for this story because it involves the sensitive issue of communicating with constituents. The conclusions staffers drew in interviews were similar to findings in a new survey by the CMF. Surveyed staffers said Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Myspace are among the least useful forms of communication for gauging constituent views. Less than half, 42 percent, said social media had any influence on lawmakers.