Trumping the competition: Where the candidates stand in the race for the White House

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With the first GOP presidential debate in Cleveland now nearly a month behind us, and still over a year until voters select the next President of the United States, what are people searching for when it comes to candidates and issues? Google Trends found out.

The potential candidates running for president are:

  • Democrats:  Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley, Lincoln Chafee, Jim Webb
  • 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, Bobby Jindal, John Kasich, Jim Gilmore

 

According to Google Trends, the top-searched candidates for each party this past week were Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton- (Trump via WJW/Clinton via CNN)

Here is the list of top-searched Democrats, according to Google Trends:

Hillary Clinton

Bernie Sanders

Martin O’Malley

Jim Webb

Lincoln Chafee

Top-searched Republicans:

Donald Trump

Ben Carson 

Jeb Bush

Ted Cruz

Carly Fiorina

Scott Walker

Chris Christie

Rand Paul

Marco Rubio

John Kasich

Bobby Jindal

Rick Santorum

Rick Perry

Mike Huckabee

Lindsey Graham

George Pataki

Jim Gilmore 

Google Trends also broke it down by state. And, as you can see below, there’s a lot of red, meaning Donald Trump was the most-searched candidate this past week in every state except Vermont; that state goes to Bernie Sanders.

Courtesy: Google Trends

Courtesy: Google Trends

 

 

What would you like to know about the person who may be the next president? People had a lot of questions about the candidates. Here’s how it breaks down:

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush decided to "actively explore" a 2016 presidential bid after conversations with his family over Thanksgiving, he said in a Facebook post Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. (Courtesy: Jeb Bush via CNN)

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush decided to “actively explore” a 2016 presidential bid after conversations with his family over Thanksgiving, he said in a Facebook post Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. (Courtesy: Jeb Bush via CNN)

Top questions about Jeb Bush:

  1. How old is Jeb Bush?
  2. Who is Jeb Bush?
  3. How tall is Jeb Bush?
  4. Is Jeb Bush Republican?
  5. What is Jeb Bush’s full name?
  6. Is Jeb Bush related to George Bush?
  7. Where did Jeb Bush go to college?
  8. How is Jeb Bush related to George Bush?
  9. How is Jeb Bush doing in the polls?
  10. What does Jeb mean?

 

Ben Carson is a renowned neurosurgeon and a popular figure among conservatives. (CNN)

Ben Carson is a renowned neurosurgeon and a popular figure among conservatives. (CNN)

Top questions about Ben Carson:

  1. Who is Ben Carson?
  2. How old is Ben Carson?
  3. Where is Ben Carson from?
  4. What religion is Ben Carson?
  5. What does Ben Carson stand for?
  6. Is Ben Carson a Democrat?
  7. Is Ben Carson married?
  8. Is Ben Carson a Christian?
  9. How much is Ben Carson worth?
  10. How tall is Ben Carson?

 

Photo: Lincoln Chafee / MGN

Photo: Lincoln Chafee / MGN

Top questions about Lincoln Chafee:

  1. Who is Lincoln Chafee?
  2. Why is Lincoln Chafee running for President?
  3. How old is Lincoln Chafee?
  4. Who supports Lincoln Chafee?
  5. Is Lincoln Chafee a Democrat?
  6. Where is Lincoln Chafee from?
  7. Where is Lincoln Chafee in the polls?
  8. What are the reasons Lincoln Chafee qualifies for President?
  9. What is Lincoln Chafee’s slogan?
  10. Where was Lincoln Chafee born?

 

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced his candidacy for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination in Livingston, New Jersey on June 30, 2015.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced his candidacy for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination in Livingston, New Jersey on June 30, 2015.

Top questions about Chris Christie:

  1. How much does Chris Christie weigh?
  2. How old is Chris Christie
  3. What is Chris Christie’s perspective on teachers’ minimum wage?
  4. Who is Chris Christie?
  5. Is Chris Christie still running for President?
  6. How much weight has Chris Christie lost?
  7. What is Chris Christie’s net worth?
  8. What is Chris Christie’s stance on immigration?
  9. Where does Chris Christie live now?
  10. How is Chris Christie doing in the polls?
Hillary Clinton (File photo)

Hillary Clinton (File photo)

Top questions about Hillary Clinton:

  1. How old is Hillary Clinton?
  2. Is Hillary Clinton a Democrat?
  3. What is Hillary Clinton’s net worth?
  4. How tall is Hillary Clinton?
  5. Will Hillary be indicted?
  6. Is Hillary Clinton running for President?
  7. What did Hillary Clinton do wrong?
  8. Why shouldn’t Hillary Clinton be President?
  9. Where is Hillary Clinton from?
  10. Will Hillary Clinton be the Democratic nominee?

 

Bill Sheil interviewing Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz ahead of the GOP Debate, 8/6/15

Bill Sheil interviewing Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz ahead of the GOP Debate, 8/6/15

Top questions about Ted Cruz:

  1. Where was Ted Cruz born?
  2. Who is Ted Cruz?
  3. How old is Ted Cruz?
  4. How can Ted Cruz run for office?
  5. Is Ted Cruz Hispanic?
  6. Where was Ted Cruz born?
  7. What religion is Ted Cruz?
  8. Is Ted Cruz Catholic?
  9. Is Ted Cruz an American citizen?
  10. Is Ted Cruz running for President?

 

Carly Fiorina (Photo Credit: CNN)

Carly Fiorina (Photo Credit: CNN)

Top questions about Carly Fiorina:

  1. How old is Carly Fiorina?
  2. Is Carly Fiorina married?
  3. How tall is Carly Fiorina?
  4. Where did Carly Fiorina go to college?
  5. What is Carly Fiorina’s net worth?
  6. Where is Carly Fiorina from?
  7. Why was Carly Fiorina fired?
  8. Is Carly Fiorina a Christian?
  9. Who is Carly Fiorina’s daughter?
  10. When did Carly Fiorina become CEO of HP?

 

Jim Gilmore

Jim Gilmore

Top questions about Jim Gilmore:

  1. How tall is Jim Gilmore?
  2. Who is Jim Gilmore?
  3. Why is Jim Gilmore running for President?
  4. What state did Jim Gilmore represent?
  5. Where was Jim Gilmore born?
  6. Where does Jim Gilmore live?
  7. Why is Jim Gilmore qualified to be President?
  8. What does Jim Gilmore stand for?
  9. What does Jim Gilmore want to change as President?
  10. Is Jim Gilmore a Republican or Democrat?

 

Lindsey Graham

Lindsey Graham

Top questions about Lindsey Graham:

  1. How old is Lindsey Graham?
  2. Is Lindsey Graham running for President?
  3. Is Lindsey Graham married?
  4. How tall is Lindsey Graham?
  5. Is Lindsey Graham Republican?
  6. Where is Lindsey Graham from?
  7. What is Lindsey Graham’s net worth?
  8. Why is Lindsey Graham running for President?
  9. Where does Lindsey Graham stand in the polls?
  10. What did Lindsey Graham say about Donald Trump?

 

Mike Huckabee gives a one-on-one interview with FOX 8 the day after the GOP Debate in Cleveland(Photo Credit: Fox 8 News)

Mike Huckabee gives a one-on-one interview with FOX 8 the day after the GOP Debate in Cleveland(Photo Credit: Fox 8 News)

Top questions about Mike Huckabee:

  1. How old is Mike Huckabee?
  2. Where is Mike Huckabee from?
  3. How tall is Mike Huckabee?
  4. Is Mike Huckabee running for President?
  5. What is Mike Huckabee’s net worth?
  6. Who is Mike Huckabee?
  7. Who is Mike Huckabee’s son?
  8. Is Mike Huckabee from Tennessee?
  9. How much money has Mike Huckabee raised?
  10. Where is Mike Huckabee in GOP polls?

 

 

Bobby Jindal

Bobby Jindal

Top questions about Bobby Jindal:

    1. Is Bobby Jindal an “anchor baby”?
    2. What nationality is Bobby Jindal?
    3. Where was Bobby Jindal born?
    4. Who is Bobby Jindal?
    5. How old is Bobby Jindal?
    6. What religion is Bobby Jindal?
    7. What is Bobby Jindal’s ethnicity?
    8. Where is Bobby Jindal?
    9. What is Bobby Jindal’s real name?
    10. Who is Bobby Jindal married to?
John Kasich

John Kasich

Top questions about John Kasich:

      1. Where will Kasich be this week?
      2. How old is John Kasich?
      3. Where is John Kasich from?
      4. How tall is John Kasich?
      5. How old is John Kasich?
      6. How do you pronounce Kasich?
      7. Who is John Kasich’s wife?
      8. Where was John Kasich born?
      9. When does the current term end for Governor John Kasich?
      10. What does John Kasich stand for?

 

Martin O'Malley (Photo courtesy: CNN)

Martin O’Malley (Photo courtesy: CNN)

Top questions about Martin O’Malley:

      1. Who is Martin O’Malley?
      2. How old is Martin O’Malley?
      3. What are Martin O’Malley’s views?
      4. Is Martin O’Malley a Democrat?
      5. How did Donald Trump describe Martin O’Malley?
      6. What political party is Martin O’Malley?
      7. Where did Martin O’Malley go to college?
      8. Where is Martin O’Malley from?
      9. How tall is Martin O’Malley?
      10. What groups are supporting O’Malley?

 

George Pataki

George Pataki

Top questions about George Pataki:

      1. Where is George Pataki from?
      2. Is Pataki still running for President?
      3. Why is George Pataki running for President?
      4. What is George Pataki well known for?
      5. Is George Pataki a Democrat?
      6. What does George Pataki stand for?
      7. What does George Pataki believe?
      8. Where does George Pataki stand in the polls?
      9. Where did George Pataki grow up?
      10. How old is George Pataki?

 

Rand Paul (Courtesy: CNN)

Rand Paul (Courtesy: CNN)

Top questions about Rand Paul: 

      1. How tall is Rand Paul?
      2. How old is Rand Paul?
      3. Where is Rand Paul from?
      4. Is Rand Paul running for President?
      5. Is Rand Paul a doctor?
      6. What party is Rand Paul running for?
      7. What does Rand Paul stand for?
      8. Where is Rand Paul in the polls?
      9. What happened to Rand Paul?
      10. Is Rand Paul related to Ron Paul?
Rick Perry

Rick Perry

Top questions about Rick Perry:

      1. Is Rick Perry running for President?
      2. Who is Rick Perry?
      3. What is Rick Perry’s net worth?
      4. Is Rick Perry still running for President?
      5. How old is Rick Perry?
      6. When did Rick Perry switch parties?
      7. Where was Rick Perry born?
      8. Who is the current governor of Texas?
      9. Is Rick Perry a Democrat?
      10. What happened to Rick Perry?

 

Marco Rubio spoke to supporters at Yours Truly in Valley View on Aug. 21. (Courtesy: FOX 8)

Marco Rubio spoke to supporters at Yours Truly in Valley View on Aug. 21. (Courtesy: FOX 8)

Top questions about Marco Rubio:

      1. How old is Marco Rubio?
      2. Who is Marco Rubio?
      3. Where was Marco Rubio born?
      4. Where is Marco Rubio from?
      5. Who is Marco Rubio’s wife?
      6. How tall is Marco Rubio?
      7. What is Marco Rubio’s stance on immigration?
      8. Where is Marco Rubio in the polls?
      9. Is Marco Rubio an “anchor baby”?
      10. Is Marco Rubio running for President?

 

Sen. Bernie Sanders (Courtesy: CNN)

Sen. Bernie Sanders (Courtesy: CNN)

Top questions about Bernie Sanders:

      1. How old is Bernie Sanders?
      2. Who is Bernie Sanders?
      3. What is Bernie Sanders’ platform?
      4. Is Bernie Sanders Jewish?
      5. Is Bernie Sanders a Democrat?
      6. Why is Bernie Sanders bad?
      7. Is Bernie Sanders a Socialist or Communist?
      8. What does Bernie Sanders stand for?
      9. Is Bernie Sanders married?
      10. Will Bernie Sanders win?
Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum

Top questions about Rick Santorum:

      1. How tall is Rick Santorum?
      2. Where is Rick Santorum from?
      3. Who is Rick Santorum?
      4. Is Rick Santorum running in 2016?
      5. Where did Rick Santorum go to college?
      6. Where does Rick Santorum live?
      7. What does Rick Santorum stand for?
      8. Is Rick Santorum Catholic?
      9. Who are Rick Santorum’s children?
      10. How old is Rick Santorum?

 

Donald Trump at the first GOP debate of the 2016 season. (From Fox News via CNN)

Donald Trump at the first GOP debate of the 2016 season. (From Fox News via CNN)

Top questions about Donald Trump:

      1. How old is Donald Trump?
      2. What is Donald Trump’s net worth?
      3. Who is Donald Trump?
      4. Will Donald Trump be President?
      5. Where is Donald Trump from?
      6. Is Donald Trump running for President?
      7. How did Donald Trump make his money?
      8. Who is Donald Trump’s wife?
      9. Is Donald Trump a Democrat?
      10. Why is Donald Trump so popular?

 

Scott Walker gives an exclusive one-on-one interview with FOX 8 the day after the GOP debate (Courtesy: FOX 8)

Scott Walker gives an exclusive one-on-one interview with FOX 8 the day after the GOP debate (Courtesy: FOX 8)

Top questions about Scott Walker:

      1. What happened to Scott Walker?
      2. How old is Scott Walker?
      3. Who is Scott Walker?
      4. Where did Scott Walker go to college?
      5. How tall is Scott Walker?
      6. What is Scott Walker’s religion?
      7. How much is Scott Walker worth?
      8. Where does Scott Walker live?
      9. Where was Scott Walker born?
      10. Is Scott Walker Jewish?

 

Photo: Jim Webb 2016 Exploratory Committee / MGN

Photo: Jim Webb 2016 Exploratory Committee / MGN

Top questions about Jim Webb:

      1. How old is Jim Webb?
      2. Is Jim Webb running for President?
      3. Where was Jim Webb born?
      4. Where does Jim Webb live?
      5. When are we going to hear from Jim Webb?
      6. Is Jim Webb still in the race?
      7. What does Jim Webb stand for?
      8. Is Jim Webb a Democrat?
      9. Where is Jim Webb?
      10. Who is Jim Webb?

According to Google Trends, here are the most-searched policy issues related to the election:

Immigration

Education

Economy

Gun Control

Same-Sex Marriage

Taxes

Health Care

Foreign Policy

Climate Change

Environment

People had a lot of questions about immigration this past week:

      1. How many immigrants are in the US?
      2. What is an immigrant?
      3. What is Donald Trump’s immigration plan?
      4. What does immigrant mean?
      5. Is Hillary Clinton against immigration?
      6. Is Donald Trump an immigrant?
      7. How many illegal immigrants are in the US in 2015?
      8. Is Donald Trump’s wife an immigrant?
      9. Are Donald Trump’s parents immigrants?
      10. Why is immigration bad?

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