It’s considered by many to be the toughest job in the country, and even the most important position in the entire world, according to some. You’d think that responsibility would, as a result, make people seriously evaluate presidential candidates.
That’s not the case, though, according to recent analysis of Google Trends. Not even close. People are looking up information about all the candidates, which is good – but too many know nothing about them to begin with. Absolutely nothing. And the information they’re looking for about these candidates isn’t very related to the job.
For example, of the 20 candidates included in Google Trends’ analysis, all but three (Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush, and John Kasich) had high-ranking “who is” queries. In other words, many know nothing about the candidates, and because they never heard of these candidates before the campaign announcements. And instead of searching for candidate political histories or stances on issues, folks only want to know trivial stuff.
Take a look at what people are searching on Google about the candidates:
“What happened to Carly Fiorina?”
That’s what people want to know most about the former HP CEO. Apparently, those who Googled that question recently learned that her campaign just fizzled. In CNN’s late September poll, Fiorina took second place with 15 percent support; now she’s in sixth with an average of only 5 percent. That drop could be explained by sudden interest shown in another question about her: “Why was Carly Fiorina fired?”
Yes. Unfortunately, they are still running.
Some candidates never learn and never give up, even though they have dismal showings in the polls.
“Is he still running?” was the top question regarding three Republican candidates (Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal, and Lindsey Graham), and the second-most asked about a fourth (Mike Huckabee). Regarding Graham, many who know the answer to the “is he running” question still ask why he’s bothering to run in the first place. For Huckabee, note that even despite his multiple campaigns over the years, many still don’t know him or his party affiliation. Even worse, some are more concerned about his son’s animal abuse. (And, yes – that did happen.)
Whatshisname for Dogcatcher?
Poor Jim Gilmore. Not only do folks not know who he is, but they don’t know what he’s running for, either. Those who do know of his campaign don’t know when he announced, though, and want to know why he’s still running.
Well, “why isn’t he?” would be a more fitting question at the moment.
Maybe Lincoln Chafee looked up this same Google search information, and maybe that’s why he recently dropped out of the Democratic Party’s race. Folks don’t know who he is – not even what he looks like – and they don’t know why he was running to begin with.
Folks looking up info on Ohio’s Gov. John Kasich appear to be more serious than those searching other candidates. And smarter, maybe, too. They want to know of his education and political history – even how to pronounce his name. (There’s actually a YouTube posting offering audio instruction on that pronunciation.) They want to know where they can go to meet Kasich, too.
All that “Kenya” junk is coming back on the GOP. Now people are asking where Hispanic candidates Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio were born.
If House Republicans still aren’t convinced that their “investigation” into Hillary Clinton isn’t working, then they should check these Google search results. More people want to know trivial information about her, such as her age and even her height, than the number who have any interest in that Benghazi garbage.
Um … Mrs. O’Malley?
Age and height were the top queries about Martin O’Malley, too. Some want to know, of all things, his wife’s name.
69; too much; 6’ 2”; yes, he is; and if you don’t know by now, then consider yourself blessed.
Apparently, those who live under rocks still manage to get internet access, which they use to make silly searches. (Really? They don’t know who Donald Trump is?)
It’s John Ellis Bush.
How old and how tall? Yeah, silly questions. But is he related to George? You really need to ask? Come. On.
What other party would take this guy?
He currently holds second place in the GOP contest, but the second-most popular question about him is “Who is Ben Carson?” And why would anyone need confirmation that this anti-choice, anti-social responsibility candidate is anything but Republican?
It was Larry David.
Bernie Sanders’ campaign needs to fan the flames in order for that “Feel the Bern” to get around; many still don’t know who he is. Folks aren’t only questioning about his age, but that of his wife, too. At least a recent Saturday Night Live show helped get his name better known.
34 years and you still don’t know him?
He’s held political office since 1981, but not enough know who George Pataki is. They don’t know which party he belongs to, either. That lack of awareness might be why voters ask that last question: “Will he drop out?”
Maybe because he’s not a real candidate.
While many don’t know who he is, those who are familiar with Larry Lessig want to know why he was absent from the recent Democratic debate. They may have to look up an answer after the future debates, as well. You see, Lessig already said he is running for one reason (campaign finance reform) and that he’ll resign right after such legislation passes, and the DNC isn’t likely to regard a one-goal/one-cause candidate as serious.
236, according to Politico
Is he still running – and was he running to begin with, even – are some of the popular questions about Chris Christie. Unfortunately, queries about his weight were popular, too.
Yes. He is. STILL.
Maybe he should ask his father for advice, because Rand Paul’s not received as a viable candidate, it seems. If he was, after all, it’s unlikely that so many would question if he’s running. It doesn’t help his campaign that voters don’t know which party he aligns with, either.
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