The 2016 election, according to Google Trends

Screenshot of Google Trends

Screenshot of Google Trends

The most popular search engine in the world has some insights about the 2016 presidential election.

This combination of photos, from top left, shows Republican presidential candidates Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee and from bottom left, John Kasich, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Donald Trump and Scott Walker. The candidates are scheduled to participate in a Fox News Channel Republican presidential debate Thursday.

This combination of photos, from top left, shows Republican presidential candidates Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee and from bottom left, John Kasich, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Donald Trump and Scott Walker. The candidates are scheduled to participate in a Fox News Channel Republican presidential debate Thursday.

While the data doesn’t necessarily point to what candidate is leading the race, the information Google Trends gathers says a lot about what people are interested in when it comes to the 22 candidates running for president.

Here are a few of the takeaways from Google Trend’s 2016 election data.

In the last six months, Google tracked the most searched candidate by area and found that Hilary Clinton was the most searched candidate in much of the country, including the Austin area.

In the week leading up to the first Republican debate, Google also mapped the most searched presidential candidate by state. Between July 29 and Aug. 4, people overwhelmingly searched for Donald Trump, including in Texas. Only two states — Wisconsin and Vermont — reported different searches. Unsurprisingly, the people of Wisconsin and Vermont searched for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is from Vermont.

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If you look at the top searched Republican by county, it is again overwhelmingly Trump. Travis County, which was reported to have searched the most for former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, was among the few counties that reported searching for a candidate other than Trump.

But what exactly are people searching for when they type candidates’ names into Google?

The most searched questions for almost every candidate pertain not to policy or experience, but to candidate’s height and age. For Trump, people also asked “What is Donald Trump’s net worth? and “Will Donald Trump be President?”

People also asked about Clinton’s net worth as well as “Who is running against Hillary Clinton?” 

For more on the most popular questions (Is Bernie Sanders a Socialist? Where was Ted Cruz born? Where did Rick Perry go to college?), check out Google Trend’s 2016 election page.

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