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Welcome to Google's 2016 Trend Tracker! 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 


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


  • 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. 

  1. Hillary Clinton
  2. Bernie Sanders
  3. Martin O’Malley
  4. Lincoln Chafee
  1. Jeb Bush
  2. Donald Trump
  3. Marco Rubio
  4. Lindsey Graham
  5. Rand Paul
  6. Chris Christie
  7. Ben Carson
  8. Scott Walker
  9. Ted Cruz
  10. Carly Fiorina
  11. Rick Perry
  12. Rick Santorum
  13. Mike Huckabee
  14. George Pataki



Top Related Questions: Hillary Clinton 
  1. How old is Hillary Clinton?
  2. Is Hillary Clinton a Democrat?
  3. Will Hillary Clinton be elected?
  4. What time is Hillary Clinton speaking?
  5. How tall is Hillary Clinton?
  6. What does Hillary Clinton plan to do as President?
  7. Is Hillary Clinton running for office in 2016?
  8. Who is running against Hillary Clinton?
  9. Where did Hillary Clinton go to college?
  10. Who is Hillary Clinton?

Top Related Questions: Bernie Sanders 
  1. How old is Bernie Sanders?
  2. Who is Bernie Sanders? 
  3. Is Bernie Sanders Jewish?
  4. Is Bernie Sanders a Democrat?
  5. Is Bernie Sanders running?
  6. Is Bernie Sanders a Socialist?
  7. Will Bernie Sanders win? 
  8. What does Bernie Sanders stand for?
  9. How is Bernie Sanders doing?
  10. Is Bernie Sanders married? 

Top Related Questions: Martin O’Malley
  1. Who is Martin O’Malley?
  2. Where does Martin O’Malley live? 
  3. Is Martin O’Malley a Democrat?
  4. How old is Martin O’Malley?
  5. Where was Martin O’Malley born?
  6. How tall is Martin O’Malley?
  7. Why should Martin O’Malley not be President?
  8. Why is Martin O’Malley running for President?
  9. Why should Martin O’Malley be President?
  10. How many taxes did Martin O’Malley add to Maryland? 

Top Related Questions: Ben Carson 
  1. Who is Ben Carson?
  2. How old is Ben Carson?
  3. Is Ben Carson running for President?
  4. Is Ben Carson a Democrat? 
  5. Where is Ben Carson from? 
  6. What does Ben Carson stand for? 
  7. Where does Ben Carson live? 
  8. How tall is Ben Carson?
  9. What religion is Ben Carson?
  10. How is Ben Carson doing in the polls? 

Top Related Questions: Ted Cruz
  1. Where was Ted Cruz born?
  2. Who is Ted Cruz?
  3. How can Ted Cruz run?
  4. Is Ted Cruz Canadian?
  5. Where is Ted Cruz from?
  6. How tall is Ted Cruz?
  7. How old is Ted Cruz?
  8. Where does Ted Cruz live?
  9. Is Ted Cruz Hispanic?
  10. Is Ted Cruz running for President? 
  11. How did Ted Cruz vote on the trade bill?

Top Related Questions: Carly Fiorina
  1. How old is Carly Fiorina?
  2. Who is Carly Fiorina? 
  3. Is Carly Fiorina married?
  4. Where does Carly Fiorina live?
  5. How tall is Carly Fiorina?
  6. Is Carly Fiorina a Democrat?
  7. Where did Carly Fiorina go to college?
  8. Where is Carly Fiorina from?
  9. Is Carly Fiorina Jewish?
  10. What is Carly Fiorina’s net worth? 
  11. Is Carly Fiorina pro life

Top Related Questions: Mike Huckabee
  1. Who is Mike Huckabee?
  2. How old is Mike Huckabee?
  3. Is Huckabee running for President?
  4. Is Mike Huckabee Republican?
  5. Where is Mike Huckabee from?
  6. Where does Mike Huckabee live?
  7. How tall is Mike Huckabee?
  8. What gifts do I receive for endorsing Mike Huckabee?
  9. Where does Mike Huckabee go to church?
  10. Who is touring with Mike Huckabee? 

Top Related Questions: Rand Paul
  1. How tall is Rand Paul?
  2. Who is Rand Paul?
  3. How old is Rand Paul?
  4. Is Rand Paul Ron Paul’s son?
  5. Is Rand Paul running?
  6. What does Rand Paul want?
  7. How did Rand Paul vote on TPP?
  8. What kind of doctor is Senator Rand Paul?
  9. Where is Rand Paul from? 
  10. How is Rand Paul doing in the polls? 

Top Related Questions: Marco Rubio
  1. How old is Marco Rubio?
  2. Who is Marco Rubio?
  3. How tall is Marco Rubio?
  4. Where was Marco Rubio born?
  5. Is Marco Rubio running for President?
  6. Where does Marco Rubio live now? 
  7. Is Marco Rubio Republican?
  8. How many houses does Marco Rubio own? 
  9. Where did Marco Rubio go to college?
  10. What is Marco Rubio’s net worth?
  11. What kind of boat does Marco Rubio have? 

Top Related Questions: Jeb Bush
  1. How old is Jeb Bush?
  2. Who is Jeb Bush?
  3. What is Jeb Bush’s full name?
  4. Is Jeb Bush related to George Bush?
  5. How tall is Jeb Bush?
  6. How is Jeb Bush related to George Bush?
  7. Is Jeb Bush Catholic?
  8. Who is Jeb Bush married to?
  9. What does Jeb stand for?
  10. Is Jeb Bush a Democrat?

Top Related Questions: Scott Walker
  1. Is Scott Walker running for President?
  2. Who is Scott Walker?
  3. How old is Scott Walker?
  4. How tall is Scott Walker?
  5. When will Scott Walker announce?
  6. Will Scott Walker become President?
  7. Where is Scott Walker from?
  8. Where was Scott Walker born?
  9. Why did Scott Walker leave Marquette?

Top Related Questions: Chris Christie
  1. Is Chris Christie going to run for President?
  2. Is Chris Christie Republican?
  3. How much does Chris Christie weigh?
  4. How much weight has Chris Christie lost?
  5. Who is Chris Christie?
  6. How old is Chris Christie?
  7. When is Chris Christie leaving office?
  8. What does Chris Christie do?
  9. Where does Chris Christie live?
  10. How tall is Chris Christie? 

Top Related Questions: Rick Santorum
  1. Who is Rick Santorum?
  2. How old is Rick Santorum?
  3. What religion is Rick Santorum?
  4. Is Rick Santorum running for President in 2016?
  5. Where is Rick Santorum from?
  6. What party is Rick Santorum?
  7. Where does Rick Santorum live?
  8. What will Rick Santorum do for America?
  9. Where is Rick Santorum now?
  10. Where was Rick Santorum born?

Top Related Questions: Lindsey Graham
  1. Is Lindsey Graham married?
  2. How tall is Lindsey Graham?
  3. Why isn’t Lindsey Graham married?
  4. How old is Lindsey Graham?
  5. Who is Lindsey Graham?
  6. Has Senator Lindsey Graham never been married?
  7. Is Lindsey Graham divorced?
  8. Where does Lindsey Graham stand on gay marriage?
  9. Is Lindsey Graham going to run for President?
  10. Who has Lindsey Graham dated? 

Top Related Questions: George Pataki
  1. How old is George Pataki? 
  2. How tall is George Pataki?
  3. Who is George Pataki?
  4. Is George Pataki still running for President?
  5. How is Governor Pataki’s son-in-law doing? 
  6. Is George Pataki Jewish?
  7. Where does George Pataki live?
  8. When did George Pataki enter the Presidential race?
  9. How do you pronounce George Pataki?
  10. Is George Pataki a Democrat?

Top Related Questions: Rick Perry
  1. How old is Rick Perry?
  2. Is Rick Perry running in 2016?
  3. How tall is Rick Perry?
  4. Who is Rick Perry?
  5. Where did Rick Perry go to college?
  6. When did Rick Perry announce his candidacy for President?
  7. Is Rick Perry still governor?
  8. Where does Rick Perry live?
  9. Where was Rick Perry born?
  10. Who was the lieutenant governor for Rick Perry?

Top Related Questions: Lincoln Chafee
  1. Who is Lincoln Chafee?
  2. How old is Lincoln Chafee?
  3. Is Lincoln Chafee married?
  4. What was Larry Wilmore’s question to Lincoln Chafee?
  5. What is Lincoln Chafee’s net worth? 
  6. Is Lincoln Chafee a Democrat?
  7. What is Lincoln Chafee’s slogan?
  8. Who is Lincoln Chafee’s father?
  9. When did Chafee announce?
  10. Where is Lincoln Chafee from? 

Top Related Questions: Donald Trump
  1. Is Donald Trump running for President in 2016?
  2. Is Donald Trump a Republican?
  3. How old is Donald Trump?
  4. How much is Donald Trump worth?
  5. Who is Donald Trump?
  6. How many times has Donald Trump run for President?
  7. How did Donald Trump make his money?
  8. How many times has Donald Trump filed for bankruptcy?
  9. Is Donald Trump married?
  10. Is Donald Trump a Christian? 

  1. Immigration
  2. Same-Sex Marriage
  3. Education
  4. Taxes
  5. Economy
  6. Health Care
  7. Foreign Policy
  8. Climate Change
  9. Environment
  10. Housing

  1. What is immigration reform?
  2. How many immigrants are in the US? 
  3. Why did immigrants come to America?
  4. What is immigration?
  5. What is the difference between immigration and emigration? 
  6. How do I check my immigration petition status? 
  7. What is DACA immigration? 
  8. Why is immigration good? 
  9. What is an immigrant visa?
  10. How do I check immigration status? 

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:
  1. Economy (unchanged)
  2. Healthcare (unchanged) and federal budget deficit (+) 
  3. Immigration/Illegal Immigration (+) 
  4. Wealth Inequality (-)
  5. 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:
  1. Women were more concerned about the gender of a political candidate than men were concerned. 
  2. 65+ year olds were more concerned about immigration/illegal immigration than any other age group. 
  3. The US South picked Republican as the party they intended to vote for more than the US Midwest picked Republican. 
  4. 65+ year olds were more concerned about the ethnicity of a political candidate than any other age group. 
  5. The two highest income brackets concerned with race relations were $0-$24,999 and $75,000-$99,999, respectively.