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Your Vote Counts!
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
As Americans prepare to head to the polls, we’re making it easier than ever for everyone to participate in the political process. Last month, we made it simpler for people to
register to vote
. Now, we’re taking this a step further and introducing a brand new, state-by-state guide for people looking for information on
how to vote
in November. We’re also sharing some search trends to track the engagement and interest of American voters around the party conventions.
How to vote
Whether you’re a first-time voter, a resident in a new state, or your state laws have changed since the last time you voted, you can now come to Google for information on
how to vote
in the upcoming election. This new in-depth search result provides information on ID requirements, deadlines, mail-in ballots and early voting. We hope this customized state-by-state guide will help you find the information you need quickly and easily to help get your voice heard.
Since releasing our customized voter registration guide in Search last month, we’re seeing millions of people coming to Google to learn more about voting and how to register in the U.S. In fact, compared to the same time four years ago, nationwide searches for voter registration are up 190 percent nationwide.
shows a state-by-state breakdown illustrating how — and where — searches for “voter registration” have changed between 2012 and today. You’ll find some of the highest spikes in the dark green states: California, New York, West Virginia, Vermont, Maine, and Massachusetts.
And below you'll find a state-by-state graphic ranking all 50 states and how their search interest in 'voter registration' has changed between 2012 and today:
We’re committed to making it easy for people to find information, and have their voices heard in November. So we're also making the data that powers our “how to register to vote” and our “how to vote” search results
, so nonprofits and organizations promoting voter education can benefit and expand the reach of this critical information.
We hope these insights and features inspire you to register to vote, exercise your civic duty, and get to the polls in November!
The 2016 Conventions on Google and YouTube
Friday, August 5, 2016
Over 200,000 balloons dropped in Cleveland and Philadelphia to close out the 2016 Republican and Democratic Conventions last week. In case you missed any of the highlights, you can replay both conventions on the official YouTube channels for the
, where over 9 million viewers tuned in to watch.
Don’t have time to watch the entire thing? No problem. Here’s a recap of the conventions through YouTube videos and Google Search trends:
Users Turn to Google Search to Learn More
Republican National Convention
Democratic National Convention
YouTube Creators Bring the Conventions to their Audiences
For more trends and election coverage, follow us on
Posted by Avika Dua, Google Elections Team
How the Veepstakes is Playing Out on Google
Friday, July 8, 2016
In just a few weeks, thousands of delegates will begin entering the doors of the Republican and Democratic National Conventions to nominate their parties’ presidential candidates. With the conventions and the general election on the horizon, voters are turning to Google to find out who each candidate will choose as their vice presidential nominee. Let’s see what people are searching:
See more Google Trends on the 2016 Election here!
Posted by Avika Dua, Google Elections Team
Google and FOX News Channel Present Republican Presidential Debate in Des Moines, Iowa
Thursday, January 21, 2016
With less than two weeks until the kickoff of the 2016 presidential primaries, millions of Americans are turning to Google to search about the candidates and the issues that matter to them most. In fact, during televised presidential debates, we see political search interest spike over 440% on average as voters across America seek to learn more about what’s happening on the live debate stage.
That’s why we’re excited to team up with Fox News Channel for the next Republican debate to create a more fun and informative way for people to learn more about the candidates and issues in this primary race. We’ll integrate Google Search Trends and questions from the YouTube community into the debate, in addition to live, real-time updates on the Google Trends homepage.
Join us next Thursday at 9 p.m. ET on FOX News Channel to watch the Fox News/Google Republican debate live!
Posted by Steve Grove, Google News Lab
Win the Moments that Win Elections
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Elections are decided over time, in countless moments that invite campaigns to inform, inspire, and persuade voters. The more of those moments you win, the better your chances of winning on Election Day.
With digital media, campaigns have greater opportunity than ever to influence these voter moments. We get immediate, relevant answers about candidate’s stances from Google search. We can easily watch and share a candidate’s YouTube announcement video or debate clip. When we see the right message at the right moment - and on the right screen - we can be inspired to donate to a campaign.
Though the Election is nearly a year away, opportunities to influence voters start now. In July - September of this year, there were 650M views of political content on YouTube
Today, we’re releasing
a new website
to help campaigns of all sizes — from mayoral to presidential — understand how to influence these voter moments.
The site features a campaign playbook for five stages of a political campaign:
: setting up your campaign presence online
: growing your base through fundraising and email list building
: reaching persuadable voters with a variety of digital assets
: reacting to current news or offline events
: getting your supporters to the polls during voting season
On the Establish page, campaigns can learn the top mobile design principles for campaign sites
Each piece of the playbook explains which digital tools campaigns can leverage. We showcase examples of past and present campaigns doing these strategies well. On the site, we also put together a
guide that walks through Google tools campaigns can use, from video and search ads to Google Analytics and Google Consumer Surveys.
On the Solutions page, we break down all of Google’s tools for campaigns
We’re excited to see how campaigns and candidates will use digital tools in reaching potential voters. As campaigns innovate on digital in the next year, we plan to update
with new research and examples, so stay tuned!
Posted by Coco Pannell, Google Politics & Elections Ads Team
Planning Election Day with Google in 4 Easy Steps
Sunday, October 18, 2015
Cross-posted from the
Google Canada Blog
Here’s a timely phrase that’s on the mind of a lot of Canadians this year: how to vote?
This election day, Google has the answer to this important question and a whole lot more! From the ballot box to watching live results, here’s what you need to know to participate in your democracy on October 19th.
Step 1: Make sure you know how and where to vote—and who’s on your ballot!
For the first time ever in Canada, simple searches for [
how do i vote
register to vote
[my election candidates]
will confirm what you need to bring to the polls, and will show you who is running in your riding on Monday.
Step 2: Pledge to Vote
You’ve found all the information you need for Monday, but have you pledged to vote yet? Visit our
and make your pledge to vote today. And don’t forget to challenge your friends and remind them how important it is to head to the polls!
and share why you are turning out to vote.
Step 3: Track the results
After the polls close on Monday, you can track all the real-time election results by searching [
]. If you use Google Now, you’ll get updates on the winners straight from the app to your smartphone!
Step 4: Watch election night coverage
Tune in to the latest live news coverage from Canadian broadcasters at
Throughout the election, Canadians have turned to YouTube as a source of news, commentary and insight. We’ve tuned into YouTube to watch our
leaders debate live
, and for the latest
election trending videos.
Starting at 5PM on October 19th, tune into the
YouTube Canada Elections Hub
for live election coverage from Canadians news organizations such as
All set Canada? Happy Voting!
Posted by: Kate Sokolov, Program Manager, Politics & Elections Google
Welcome to the 2016 Election Trend Tracker
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Welcome to Google's 2016
! Brought to you by the Google News Lab, these weekly newsletters will uncover the latest trends and insights into the 2016 Election.
2016 Elections: Weekly Trends Tracker
6/10/2015 - 6/16/2015
2016 POTENTIAL CANDIDATES
Democrats: Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley, Lincoln Chafee
Republicans: Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Chris Christie, Lindsey Graham, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, George Pataki, Donald Trump
KEY INSIGHTS THIS WEEK
Following recent reports on Marco Rubio’s finances, top questions on Marco Rubio were: “How many houses does Marco Rubio own?” and “What kind of boat does Marco Rubio have?”
Lindsey Graham was the only candidate where a question on his stance on gay marriage showed up: “Where does Lindsey Graham stand on gay marriage?”
With the third anniversary of President Obama’s Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) this week, the most searched topic related to the 2016 elections was immigration.
WHO WAS THE MOST SEARCHED DEMOCRAT FROM 6/10/2015 TO 6/16/2015?
WHO WAS THE MOST SEARCHED REPUBLICAN FROM 6/10/2015 TO 6/16/2015?
WHO WAS THE MOST SEARCHED CANDIDATE BY STATE FROM 6/10/2015 TO 6/16/2015?
WHAT ARE THE TOP QUESTIONS FOR EACH CANDIDATE FROM 6/10/2015 TO 6/16/2015?
Top Related Questions: Hillary Clinton
How old is Hillary Clinton?
Is Hillary Clinton a Democrat?
Will Hillary Clinton be elected?
What time is Hillary Clinton speaking?
How tall is Hillary Clinton?
What does Hillary Clinton plan to do as President?
Is Hillary Clinton running for office in 2016?
Who is running against Hillary Clinton?
Where did Hillary Clinton go to college?
Who is Hillary Clinton?
Top Related Questions: Bernie Sanders
How old is Bernie Sanders?
Who is Bernie Sanders?
Is Bernie Sanders Jewish?
Is Bernie Sanders a Democrat?
Is Bernie Sanders running?
Is Bernie Sanders a Socialist?
Will Bernie Sanders win?
What does Bernie Sanders stand for?
How is Bernie Sanders doing?
Is Bernie Sanders married?
Top Related Questions: Martin O’Malley
Who is Martin O’Malley?
Where does Martin O’Malley live?
Is Martin O’Malley a Democrat?
How old is Martin O’Malley?
Where was Martin O’Malley born?
How tall is Martin O’Malley?
Why should Martin O’Malley not be President?
Why is Martin O’Malley running for President?
Why should Martin O’Malley be President?
How many taxes did Martin O’Malley add to Maryland?
Top Related Questions: Ben Carson
Who is Ben Carson?
How old is Ben Carson?
Is Ben Carson running for President?
Is Ben Carson a Democrat?
Where is Ben Carson from?
What does Ben Carson stand for?
Where does Ben Carson live?
How tall is Ben Carson?
What religion is Ben Carson?
How is Ben Carson doing in the polls?
Top Related Questions: Ted Cruz
Where was Ted Cruz born?
Who is Ted Cruz?
How can Ted Cruz run?
Is Ted Cruz Canadian?
Where is Ted Cruz from?
How tall is Ted Cruz?
How old is Ted Cruz?
Where does Ted Cruz live?
Is Ted Cruz Hispanic?
Is Ted Cruz running for President?
How did Ted Cruz vote on the trade bill?
Top Related Questions: Carly Fiorina
How old is Carly Fiorina?
Who is Carly Fiorina?
Is Carly Fiorina married?
Where does Carly Fiorina live?
How tall is Carly Fiorina?
Is Carly Fiorina a Democrat?
Where did Carly Fiorina go to college?
Where is Carly Fiorina from?
Is Carly Fiorina Jewish?
What is Carly Fiorina’s net worth?
Is Carly Fiorina pro life
Top Related Questions: Mike Huckabee
Who is Mike Huckabee?
How old is Mike Huckabee?
Is Huckabee running for President?
Is Mike Huckabee Republican?
Where is Mike Huckabee from?
Where does Mike Huckabee live?
How tall is Mike Huckabee?
What gifts do I receive for endorsing Mike Huckabee?
Where does Mike Huckabee go to church?
Who is touring with Mike Huckabee?
Top Related Questions: Rand Paul
How tall is Rand Paul?
Who is Rand Paul?
How old is Rand Paul?
Is Rand Paul Ron Paul’s son?
Is Rand Paul running?
What does Rand Paul want?
How did Rand Paul vote on TPP?
What kind of doctor is Senator Rand Paul?
Where is Rand Paul from?
How is Rand Paul doing in the polls?
Top Related Questions: Marco Rubio
How old is Marco Rubio?
Who is Marco Rubio?
How tall is Marco Rubio?
Where was Marco Rubio born?
Is Marco Rubio running for President?
Where does Marco Rubio live now?
Is Marco Rubio Republican?
How many houses does Marco Rubio own?
Where did Marco Rubio go to college?
What is Marco Rubio’s net worth?
What kind of boat does Marco Rubio have?
Top Related Questions: Jeb Bush
How old is Jeb Bush?
Who is Jeb Bush?
What is Jeb Bush’s full name?
Is Jeb Bush related to George Bush?
How tall is Jeb Bush?
How is Jeb Bush related to George Bush?
Is Jeb Bush Catholic?
Who is Jeb Bush married to?
What does Jeb stand for?
Is Jeb Bush a Democrat?
Top Related Questions: Scott Walker
Is Scott Walker running for President?
Who is Scott Walker?
How old is Scott Walker?
How tall is Scott Walker?
When will Scott Walker announce?
Will Scott Walker become President?
Where is Scott Walker from?
Where was Scott Walker born?
Why did Scott Walker leave Marquette?
Top Related Questions: Chris Christie
Is Chris Christie going to run for President?
Is Chris Christie Republican?
How much does Chris Christie weigh?
How much weight has Chris Christie lost?
Who is Chris Christie?
How old is Chris Christie?
When is Chris Christie leaving office?
What does Chris Christie do?
Where does Chris Christie live?
How tall is Chris Christie?
Top Related Questions: Rick Santorum
Who is Rick Santorum?
How old is Rick Santorum?
What religion is Rick Santorum?
Is Rick Santorum running for President in 2016?
Where is Rick Santorum from?
What party is Rick Santorum?
Where does Rick Santorum live?
What will Rick Santorum do for America?
Where is Rick Santorum now?
Where was Rick Santorum born?
Top Related Questions: Lindsey Graham
Is Lindsey Graham married?
How tall is Lindsey Graham?
Why isn’t Lindsey Graham married?
How old is Lindsey Graham?
Who is Lindsey Graham?
Has Senator Lindsey Graham never been married?
Is Lindsey Graham divorced?
Where does Lindsey Graham stand on gay marriage?
Is Lindsey Graham going to run for President?
Who has Lindsey Graham dated?
Top Related Questions: George Pataki
How old is George Pataki?
How tall is George Pataki?
Who is George Pataki?
Is George Pataki still running for President?
How is Governor Pataki’s son-in-law doing?
Is George Pataki Jewish?
Where does George Pataki live?
When did George Pataki enter the Presidential race?
How do you pronounce George Pataki?
Is George Pataki a Democrat?
Top Related Questions: Rick Perry
How old is Rick Perry?
Is Rick Perry running in 2016?
How tall is Rick Perry?
Who is Rick Perry?
Where did Rick Perry go to college?
When did Rick Perry announce his candidacy for President?
Is Rick Perry still governor?
Where does Rick Perry live?
Where was Rick Perry born?
Who was the lieutenant governor for Rick Perry?
Top Related Questions: Lincoln Chafee
Who is Lincoln Chafee?
How old is Lincoln Chafee?
Is Lincoln Chafee married?
What was Larry Wilmore’s question to Lincoln Chafee?
What is Lincoln Chafee’s net worth?
Is Lincoln Chafee a Democrat?
What is Lincoln Chafee’s slogan?
Who is Lincoln Chafee’s father?
When did Chafee announce?
Where is Lincoln Chafee from?
Top Related Questions: Donald Trump
Is Donald Trump running for President in 2016?
Is Donald Trump a Republican?
How old is Donald Trump?
How much is Donald Trump worth?
Who is Donald Trump?
How many times has Donald Trump run for President?
How did Donald Trump make his money?
How many times has Donald Trump filed for bankruptcy?
Is Donald Trump married?
Is Donald Trump a Christian?
MOST SEARCHED POLICY ISSUES RELATED TO THE 2016 ELECTIONS FROM 6/10/2015 TO 6/16/2015?
TOP RELATED QUESTIONS ON IMMIGRATION FROM 6/10/2015 TO 6/16/2015?
What is immigration reform?
How many immigrants are in the US?
Why did immigrants come to America?
What is immigration?
What is the difference between immigration and emigration?
How do I check my immigration petition status?
What is DACA immigration?
Why is immigration good?
What is an immigrant visa?
How do I check immigration status?
TRENDS FROM GOOGLE CONSUMER SURVEYS.
Google Consumer Surveys
is a market research tool that allows users to create online surveys to get quick and accurate data from a representative sample. Survey questions are served to respondents online and through a mobile app in exchange for access to premium content and Google Play credit. We Google Consumer Surveys to look at voting intentions for the US presidential election and attitudes on key issues. These were all the questions asked:
Do you intend to vote in the 2016 Presidential election?
Which party's candidate do you intend to vote for?
How important is health care in deciding your vote?
How important is the economy in deciding your vote?
How important is wealth inequality in deciding your vote?
How important is the Federal budget deficit in deciding your vote?
How important is immigration/illegal immigration in deciding your vote?
How important are race relations in deciding your vote?
How important is the gender of the candidate in deciding your vote?
How important is the ethnicity of the candidate in deciding your vote?
Executive Results Overview (and changes from previous week):
1) Just half of those who responded say they intend to vote - 58.5% (+1.5%)
17%, have already decided they will not vote in 2016 (-1%).
46.7% will decided who to vote for when the the candidates are announced (-1.3%)
2) The top issue is the economy, followed by healthcare (unchanged) and the federal budget deficit (+) tied for second. This is the order:
Healthcare (unchanged) and federal budget deficit (+)
Immigration/Illegal Immigration (+)
Wealth Inequality (-)
Race Relations (+)
3) This is the vote split of those who will vote for a party:
Dem: 40.9% (-1.8%)
Rep: 47.3% (+4.8%)
Other: 4.1% (+1.1%)
Independent: 7.7% (-4.3%)
Top 5 insights from Google Consumer Surveys this week:
Women were more concerned about the gender of a political candidate than men were concerned.
65+ year olds were more concerned about immigration/illegal immigration than any other age group.
The US South picked Republican as the party they intended to vote for more than the US Midwest picked Republican.
65+ year olds were more concerned about the ethnicity of a political candidate than any other age group.
The two highest income brackets concerned with race relations were $0-$24,999 and $75,000-$99,999, respectively.
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