It’s too early to say which of the presidential candidates in Wednesday night’s Democratic debate managed to convince Americans to vote for them. But at least we know which of them inspired the millions of people watching to Google them.
Little-known Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker got the most Google search traffic in the U.S. over the two hours of Wednesday night’s debate, according to the company’s Google Trends service. They were followed by former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Google traffic isn’t a stand-in for who debate-watchers are supporting — in many cases, viewers could be turning to Google to try to figure out who these people actually are. But it’s at least one sign of which candidates’ answers are the most intriguing to voters, and which candidates they want to know more about.
Each candidate spiked in search traffic when they were asked a question and got their 60 seconds in the spotlight. And the responses that seemed to provoke the most searches often involved the contenders talking about their personal lives and relating national policy issues to their own experiences.
Notably, Gabbard led in searches across most of the country while Booker was at the top in Southern states. Warren was in first only in her home state of Oklahoma, which she mentioned during the debate.
Map of Google search traffic for the candidates in the first Democratic presidential debate. (Courtesy Google Trends)
Some of the answers that led to the biggest spikes:
Gabbard’s responses on foreign policy. The Hawaii congresswoman was near the bottom of the pack of the debate in terms of speaking time. But nearly every time she showed up onscreen, she saw a big rise in search traffic. That was especially pronounced during …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Politics