Google Search Data Reflect Shift in Democratic Primary Race

|  @RedLineProject | Posted: Monday, March 9, 2020

Bernie Sanders is still dominating public attention, but Joe Biden’s  Super Tuesday wins has the former vice president catching up.

According to an analysis of Google search data, public focus has been shifting wildly between the democratic candidates, as the graphic above demonstrates. However, since the more frequent debates and with the state primaries under way, all the candidates are attracting more attention.

Sanders, who polls more favorably with younger voters, has been less successful in encouraging these young voters to participate in these early elections than he would like.

Additionally, following his loss on Super Tuesday, Mike Bloomberg officially dropped out of the election and promptly backed  Biden. Bloomberg spent over $500 million on his ad campaign -- the most expensive primary campaign ever.

Elizabeth Warren, who has been trailing in the polls, is seeing an increase in interest on Google Trends, following the 10th Democratic debate. However, following losses on Super Tuesday, Warren’s team appears to be “grim.”

Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg dropped out after low polling results as well. -- Joe Crump

An analysis of Google search data in Google Trends, shows the dramatic impact Super Tuesday had on the Democratic presidential frontrunners.

On March 1, Pete Buttigieg announced that he was dropping out of the Democratic race, days before Super Tuesday, after not having enough supporters in the beginning of the primary caucuses. Amy Klobuchar was not far behind.

On March 3, the results showed from Super Tuesday showed the Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders were the clear favorites because they were the only two that won any caucuses. Elizabeth Warren and Mike Bloomberg did not win in any state and later dropped out of the race.

Bloomberg, along with Klobuchar and Buttigieg, endorsed Biden. Two days later, Warren dropped out after losing at her home state of Massachusetts. However, based from the Google Trends data, it still shows that many people did not care for Bloomberg dropping out compared to Warren and Buttigieg. -- Carlos Romero

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