TRENDING: Most Googled candidate in Iowa is...
August 11th, 2011
03:23 PM ET
12 years ago

TRENDING: Most Googled candidate in Iowa is...

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann isn't just the GOP frontrunner in Iowa. She's also the most Googled candidate in the leadoff caucus state.

With the eyes of the Republican political universe turning to Ames for this weekend's Iowa Straw Poll, searches for Bachmann in the state have surged since Sunday, according to a breakdown of state data on Google Insights for Search, which analyzes search trends on the site.

Bachmann has generated far more search interest than any candidate on the straw poll ballot, including Texas Rep. Ron Paul and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, her two closest rivals in the race to claim victory at Ames.

Google searches for Paul and Pawlenty have remained steady in recent days even as searches for Bachmann have spiked dramatically.

Bachmann peaked on Google following her announcement in June, but search interest dipped in the following weeks.

She has still been Googled more than her Iowa rivals, however. Since May, for instance, Bachmann has been the subject of four times as many search queries in Iowa as Pawlenty.

That Bachmann is an object of curiosity on the web is hardly surprising, given her history of provocative statements and her intense following among some conservatives.

And while there is no way to calculate whether Google searches will translate into straw poll votes or a strong showing in the Iowa caucuses, the data does offer clues about which presidential candidates are grabbing the attention of voters this political season.

Even when compared to two prominent unannounced candidates, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Bachmann is still the most Googled candidate in Iowa.

Outside of Iowa, Bachmann still outpaces most of the Republican field.

But Perry, who has signaled that he will soon enter the race, is currently topping Bachmann in Google searches nationwide this week.

Perry even ranked fifth on Google's "Hot Trends" list as of Thursday afternoon, surpassing George Lopez and YouTube star Rebecca Black.

Filed under: 2012 • Google • Iowa • Michele Bachmann
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Clwyd

    I keep googling to see when and if she has been put in an institution yet to receive mental help?

    August 11, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  2. logic in LA

    IOWA- PLEASE READ CAREFULLY ABOUT THIS WOMAN! Subsidies for farming, Medicare payment to her husband's religiously based institute, yet she claims to be against big government . and while being a foster parent is admirable- it too means more government money in her pocket.
    Don;t be fooled by her one liners – see who she really is! Surely there is a Republican you can back- You are usually so good at this!

    August 11, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  3. Pyrometman

    Hey Peter Hamby,

    Did this spike in google searches happen to coincide with the Newsweek cover of Bachmann? I think so. People are figuring out that Bachmann is not a suitable choice for President. She is a flip-flopper just like Romney!

    August 11, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  4. Texas Doc

    Is she that crazy lady on the cover of Newsweek?

    August 11, 2011 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  5. Texas Doc

    Go ahead and google Santorum.

    August 11, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  6. T'sah from Virginia

    I “googled” Bachmann too in order to find her latest RANT that went something like this…

    “We have NEVER been downgraded in the past under any other president – Never!! We had the Vietnam war” (no downgrade – White President); “We had WWI, WWII, Civil War, Cold and Hot War, Revolution War – all of the WARS” (no downgrade – White President); “We had the Depression” (no downgrade – White President); “We had 9/11” (no downgrade – White President); “We had the gas crisis in late 70’s” (no downgrade – White President); “We had it all in our past history and we NEVER – I mean NEVER EVER got downgraded until this President – President Obama – came into office and then all of a sudden…” (downgrade – Black President)…………….THINK ABOUT IT!!! (Oh, I must add – we had Slavery (no downgrade – White PresidentS!!!!)

    My question to Bachmann would be – WHY???????? And she’s NOT smart enough to think that ALL OF THE ABOVE led us to where we are today – All of this did not just happen three years ago. I think the candidates from the RIGHT/far-RIGHT would go a long way if they PREACH this and stating how they will FIX IT instead of blaming President Obama. Bachmann is the LEADER from HELL and her hatefulness is copied by everyone from the RIGHT and they tend to agree with her……….

    Yes, I google Bachmann all the time and I am NOT a fan!!!

    August 11, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  7. C. Howe Yulikit

    Hooray! Hope the Bachmann juggernaut continues and she gets the nomination. She'll lose every single state in the general.

    August 11, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    Googled by everyone but her husband...

    August 11, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  9. fayse

    The people are googling for they same reason people slow down to see a car wreck. In her case most people are curiosity seekers. It is a hoot just watching this woman and listening to her idiotic statements. She is nothing more than a joke.

    August 11, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  10. ART

    If you google nut job her name come up

    August 11, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  11. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    Libtards don't like Michele because they have problems with strong, intelligent good-looking women. Plus she's a conservative that isn't afraid to tell it like it is and can give it right back to the leftist "progressives". Go get 'em Michele!!

    August 11, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  12. doug

    I love reading Bachmann lib-lib over-froth, you little eichmans ain't seen nothing yet.

    August 11, 2011 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  13. vic , nashville ,tn

    Googled this “idiot Michele Bachmann” you will find more

    August 11, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  14. Jonny Chepe

    The proletarians are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class are to represent and repress them. So to is your American political propaganda. Always remember that you proletarians have nothing to lose but your chains regardless of who controls you.

    August 11, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  15. Brandon

    Go Michele Go!!!!

    August 11, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  16. Michelle Bachmann

    Everyone is just looking for my bikini pics.

    August 11, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  17. Kevin Sullivan

    The GOP has not seen electricity like this in a campaign since Ronald Reagan in 1976 ! Sarah Palin banged on the door, loudly, for two months in 2008. Michele is going to kick that son-of-a-gun down in the next 15 months !!! All aboard the bandwagon.

    August 11, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  18. Marcie

    cause she is the best one for POTUS......Romney is a Mormon ( research the LDS..really, if you are a liberal or a conservative you own it to yourself to research this cult, I was raised mormon, I can say THAT) and Perry is a gun swinging slick willy..and what are the names of the rest of the clowns

    August 11, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  19. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Well, people are amazed at what kind of garbage she is spewing. She is new to most people and has yet to register with on the "high and might" and "full of it" scales. People will wake up to what she proposes. That is going back to a time where there are no protections and inspection for air, food, water or any safety rules. I guess that she wouldn't go as far as removing child labor laws though.

    August 11, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  20. Malory Archer

    Of for Dog's sake – looks like she has the same photographer as the previous occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue – the one who used to frame the previous occupant so that in photos, it looked like he had a halo around his head.

    Heard several reichwing bloviators whining that the unflattering Newsweek cover was "sexist". Frankly, I find it refreshing that the photo was natural, and not retouched & airbrushed to death.

    August 11, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  21. MiddleOfTheRoad

    This is just not the way to find a candidate for President. Let the parties choose their own cadidates that represent their views, and can be elected. The voters will then decide on election day. Until then, every nut job who can stir up some short term excitement will enter the races. Look at the republican list..........this is what you get. Plus, maybe even Palin.

    August 11, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  22. Proud Liberal

    How about the most googy-eyed candidate in Iowa! LOL!

    August 11, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  23. Adalbert

    This bimbo dose not have a snow ball chance of even getting nominated.

    August 11, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |