Florida voters “solidly searched” Donald Trump online during Democratic debate

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Donald Trump’s popularity as a candidate, based on Internet searches in Florida, seem to have jumped to the opposing party during Saturday night’s Democratic Presidential Debate in New Hampshire.

Tallahassee-based Strategic Digital Services (SDS) released figures Monday examining Google Trends for Florida media markets throughout the final debate of the year. Many observers see online searches as one of the several factors assessing a candidate’s relative strength in a particular region.

SDS analyzed data for former U.S. Secretary of State and New York Senator Hillary Clinton, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, and former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley.

Preliminary numbers found that Clinton was the most searched candidate in Miami, Fort Myers, Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville, Tallahassee and Pensacola. Sanders led in West Palm Beach and tied with Clinton in Miami. O’Malley was tops in Gainesville and Panama City and tied with Clinton and Fort Myers.

However, when SDS added data for Republican front-runner Trump, the real estate billionaire led in three markets – Orlando and Pensacola; and he tied with Clinton and O’Malley in Fort Myers. Trump’s name was mentioned at least nine times during the debate.

SDS also found that Trump trended higher than O’Malley for nearly the entire debate, and was steadily searched at a modest volume by Florida voters throughout. No other Republican candidate saw search traffic during the Democratic debate.

“The highlight of this Google search data set is that Donald Trump was ‘solidly searched’ during a debate of a party of which he isn’t a member,” said SDS co-founder Matt Farrar. “Equally intriguing is that Hillary Clinton was not searched much during the debate, but that, undoubtedly, is because the electorate knows her. The intriguing part of this is what this means for her candidacy. It’s good news unless what the electorate knows about her they don’t like.”

Among the main takeaways from the research: Florida Democratic debate watchers wanted more personal information about candidates, such as the ages of Clinton and Sanders and Sanders’ Jewish faith. Another spike for Sanders’ name came when he was talking about his wife and the changing the role of the first lady. This was similar to data from search traffic conducted during last week’s Republican debate

SDS also learned one interesting point; in Florida, football is king. Google search data during the debate found that the New York Jets and the Dallas Cowboys – the NFL game set for broadcast Saturday evening – had much higher search traffic in Florida than any of the candidates, even during most spikes in search activity. On the other hand, the only time a candidate beat football in searches was at 10:37 p.m., when Sanders discussed the changing role of a presidential spouse.

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One comment

  • Dave Francis

    December 21, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    Trump & Cruz.

    Ted Cruz would be a great running ticket with Donald Trump, even though Marco Rubio has tried to undermine his ambition for the Presidency. Its easy for anybody in Congress to get demonized, especially when its headlined in the Liberalized mainstream media or from other lawmakers? This is what Marco Rubio, a member of the ‘Gang of Eight’ who had their sights on trying to pass an amnesty bill. Thanks to Cruz the whole thing was derailed, when he added 5 amendments (poison pills) that he knew the radicals in the Democratic and Republican Syndicate would not pass.

    Cruz stopped the (CIR) bill from getting passed and saved America from have to support at least 15 million or more illegal aliens.

    Here is Ted Cruz plan, which is not much different from Donald Trumps statements from he first began to inherit millions of American Conservatives standing innovations in his first debate.

    Still King Obama is not stopping; he is relentless to allow the 100.000 Syrians into our nation, unable to verify and the known possibilty of ISIS murderers infesting these people; another huge cost for America. Closing the GITMO prison camp and bring dangerous foreign terrorists into our penal system.

    The dark government of the special interests and the 1 percent of ultra wealthy who buys every governemt, and tries to undermine through their puppets in Washington Donald Trump, will have a full scale revolution on their hands.


    “It’s not that we don’t know how to solve illegal immigration. What is missing is the political will to get it done. And, as president, I will get it done. We will secure the borders.” – Ted Cruz


    A Cruz Administration’s first priority for immigration reform will be to secure the U.S.-Mexico border. We will:
    • Build a wall that works. The unsecured border with Mexico invites illegal immigrants, criminals, and terrorists to tread on American soil. I will complete the wall.
    • Triple the number of Border Patrol agents. Securing the border is the federal government’s obligation. I will dedicate the force necessary to do that.
    • Increase vital aerial surveillance and other technology along the border. Adding boots on the ground is not enough. Eyes in the sky and other equipment are necessary to find and detain all illegal entrants.
    • Finish the biometric tracking system at our nation’s ports of entry. It is disgraceful that our federal government cannot keep track of those who enter the country. I will complete a biometric entry-exit tracking system.


    We need a President who will follow the law, hold those who break it accountable, and take seriously the duty to protect Americans. To restore the Rule of Law, a Cruz Administration will:

    • End President Obama’s illegal amnesty. President Obama has issued over 20 illegal executive memoranda rewarding illegality. I will rescind each and every one on my first day in office.
    • Increase deportations and end catch-and-release. Our laws are not being enforced. I will restore our commitment to enforcement, public safety, and the Rule of Law by rededicating DHS to fully enforcing the law, including through deportations and returns.
    • End sanctuary policies, sign Kate’s Law, and deport criminal immigrants. There are about 340 sanctuary jurisdictions in the United States. They make a mockery of our laws and endanger our citizens. I will end support for these jurisdictions.
    • Prohibit illegal immigrants from receiving financial benefits and strengthen E-Verify. American taxpayers should not be funding benefits for those who are here illegally, and American jobs should not go to those who are here illegally. I will protect Americans’ wellbeing by stopping the flow of taxpayer dollars and instituting a strong e-verify system.


    In order to strengthen our immigration system, protect national security, and better serve American workers, we must:

    • Suspend the issuance of all H-1B visas for 180 days to complete a comprehensive investigation and audit of pervasive allegations of abuse of the program. New allegations detail appalling abuses of the H-1B visa program – a program meant to create American jobs and spur economic growth. I will suspend the program for 180 days to investigate abuses.
    • Halt any increases in legal immigration so long as American unemployment remains unacceptably high. The purpose of legal immigration should be to grow the economy, not to displace American workers. Under no circumstances should legal immigration levels be adjusted upwards so long as work-force participation rates remain below historical averages.
    • Enforce the public-charge doctrine. Current law requires legal immigrants to certify that they will be economically self-sufficient. A Cruz Administration will ensure they do not receive government assistance, which defies the law and harms American taxpayers.
    • End birthright citizenship. Birthright citizenship was not intended to legalize the children of people who are breaking the law by entering and staying in the country illegally. I will take steps to pass legislation or a constitutional amendment to end it.

    “We stopped the Gang of Eight bill. Ted Cruz led the fight against the establishment. We would be living under amnesty right now if Cruz had not succeeded.” – Rush Limbaugh.

    Find out more facts at http://www.numbersUSA.com/ http://www.judicialwatch.org/ CAPS http://www.capsweb.com/ as the growing numbers of newspapers are keeping the truth from us about illegal immigration and national security. The Left have been hoodwinked by Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush and their proponents, as if they deny the intelligence that their jobs are being stolen from us, by the unenforced border and the internal immigration deliberate decisions made by the Democrats and GOP syndicate The terrible infection inside the beltway of corruption in parties have their agenda. ITS illegal alien Democrats voting to mass populate America, or the Republican establishment selling the people out for cheap labor. We cannot keep financially supporting every foreigner who slips past our enforcement agents.

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