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Google Tracks Public Reaction to Final Presidential Debate

by Alex Gauthier, published

High-volume searches peaked several times during Monday’s debate between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney. The first spike in ‘Romney’ searches came when the Governor urged Obama to visit his campaign website to review his ‘balanced budget,’ that would be accomplished in eight to ten years. ‘Obama’ searches peaked when the President challenged Romney’s assertion that he had gone on an ‘apology tour’ when he came into office. Romney received the largest volume of searches when President Obama asserted,

“You were very clear that you would not provide government assistance to the U.S. auto companies, even if they went through bankruptcy…”

Aside from ‘Romney and Obama,’ the top four trending searches on Google during the debate were: horses and bayonets, Syria, Mali, and drones.

The related searches regarding President Obama included: apology tour, Bin Laden, 2008, and horses and bayonets. For Romney the top related searches were: auto bailout, what is on flag pin, budget plan, and what kind of car does Mitt drive.

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