Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Search Volume: Palin vs. McCain vs. Obama

Google Trends comparison of Internet search volume in 2008 for Sarah Palin, John McCain and Barack Obama (click to enlarge).

4 Comments:

At 9/10/2008 8:02 AM, Blogger Thomas Blair said...

It is any surprise that Barack Obama and John McCain had more search hits before Sarah Palin was nominated for the VP?

 
At 9/10/2008 2:41 PM, Blogger like such as said...

Certainly not, but it is surprising that she is now getting so much more attention than they are. In the midst of a presidential election, you would assume that the overall consistent lead would lie with the presidential candidates, rather than their running mates.

Case in point--Joe Biden. Why search for him? Just look up Obama since he's the interesting one, and it's his policies that would matter.

This just shows how shrewd of a political move choosing Palin was for McCain. Regardless of your opinion of her policies, she has wrested the spotlight away from the "chosen one" and made McCain relevant for people who don't care about politics but will vote anyway.

 
At 9/10/2008 2:55 PM, Blogger Thomas Blair said...

I don't think it's surprising at all. She's new on the national scene. We've been hearing about Obama for over 4 years now (since the 04 convention speech), and McCain's been in the news since he got shot down over Hanoi. Biden, while not as well known as Obama and McCain, has been in the public spotlight before, for, among other things, running for President, plagiarizing, and having this insatiable desire to stick his foot in his mouth. People know about him, or enough about him, as the case may be.

But Palin, she's new and so she's getting a lot of press and searches.

 
At 9/10/2008 3:52 PM, Anonymous Kevin said...

Obama and McCain now tied on Intrade!

2008 US Election - 2008 Presidential Election Winner (Individual)
Barack Obama to win 2008 US Presidential Election
Barack Obama to win 2008 US Presidential Election
Last Price: 49.3 3.1


2008 US Election - 2008 Presidential Election Winner (Individual)
John McCain to win 2008 US Presidential Election
John McCain to win 2008 US Presidential Election
Last Price: 49.3 1.9

 

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