Google Trends is an intriguing way to see how your favorite presidential candidate measures up to the others in search inquiries. Also, you can compare their traffic volume searches to news articles, references and information written about them.
It's no secret that the mainstream media doesn't exactly give equal time to each presidential candidate, and Google Trends beams a bright light on this fact. Take a look at the graph above and see for yourself.
Look at the top four candidates in the polls these past few weeks:, , and Rick Santorum--put their names in the search box, and Google Trends does the rest by bringing up a color-coded graph comparing them to each other.
The top graph clearly shows the blue line, Ron Paul's traffic, is well above all the others and surging the past 30 days. The bottom graph represents the media coverage for each candidate. Comparing the two graphs shows that Ron Paul supporters are not exaggerating when they say Ron Paul is being ignored. Only the last few days there's been an increase in references.
But as Google's Politics and Elections blog, asks, "How much does search traffic really mean?" To sum it up, they say it may or may not mean anything as far as the polls go or election results, but that Ron Paul remains the leader by a wide margin.
Google's political blog notes, Ron Paul's regular searches range from debate performances, polling, to how he's doing in Iowa. But the most traffic for the good doctor comes in the last 30 days by way of "Ron Paul newsletter" searches and "Ron Paul racist" traffic, which may not be good, the blog writer points out.
But, how about's recent music sales that went off the charts in only 24 hours after she endorsed the Texas congressman? Could some of the recent surge in Ron Paul's traffic mingle with that phenomenon and have caused his interest to rise in just the last couple of days, also?
Now do a search for 2011, and each year before, comparing the candidates. Even over the years, when Ron Paul wasn't running for office his traffic is above others in a big way, for the most part, overall. But look at Romney--way below Paul in search traffic or interest, over the years and way above Ron Paul in news references. Another unfair, unbalanced, biased Romney all-you-can-eat buffet served up by the mainstream news media?
I believe everyone has a time in their life where it's "their day." A time when all the doors open and, they finally, after all the battles, pain, mocking and scoffing--have their time, their day in the sun. After all, it happened to Abraham Lincoln. The question is--whose day is it?
Will Google Trends mean something positive for Ron Paul? Will Dr. Paul agree with Mahatma Ghandi when he says, First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. Only time will tell...maybe the Iowa caucus results will give us a clue...