What Google Trends Reveals About Republican And Democrat Climate Change Concerns

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 13:40 in Earth & Climate

Is it true that you can discern how someone votes based on their Google search history related to science and health issues? It seems to be so, in a majority of cases. Republicans search for information about the weather, climate change and global warming during extremely hot or cold spells while Democrats search those terms when they experience changes in the average temperatures. Corey Lang of the University of Rhode Island tracked how the temperature fluctuations and rainfall that Americans experience daily in their own cities make them scour the Internet in search of information about climate change and global warming. To do so, he used data from Google Trends, local weather stations and election results. read more

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