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Google Trends Highlights Hottest Political Searches By State

Submitted by on October 11, 2012 – 2:04 pmOne Comment

What state has the most Google searches for “marijuana legalization?” Is it California, where medical marijuana is already a fact of life? Vermont? Would you believe it’s the liberal hippie stronghold of… Kentucky?

This is just one of many fascinating insights offered by Google when it released the top political searches by state this week. Generally, however, the searches seemed to reflect the political leanings of a given state’s residents, as well as any major ballot initiatives being considered.

Joining Kentucky in the Top 5 states for “marijuana legalization” searches was Oregon, Colorado, and Washington, all weighing the option this election (Michigan also makes the cut).

Abortion, another hot-button issue, spikes in deep red states like Mississippi, Texas, and Georgia, but also in bastions of activism like New York and Washington, D.C.

All the states in the Top 5 for “gay marriage” searches are mixed politically, with both large rural areas and major metropolitan centers: Maryland, Washington, North Carolina, Maine, and even West Virginia.

Of course, this isn’t the only insight Google offered on the election. For several hours yesterday, a search for the term “completely wrong” yielded an entire page of photos of Gov. Mitt Romney.  Romney had recently said that his controversial 47% remarks were “completely wrong,” and a Google representative attributed the search results to a coincidence involving their algorithms.

[via Mashable]

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