Did Democrats really hold a Muslim prayer service during their convention? And what about Paul Ryan faking his marathon time?
Search engine queries tell us a tremendous amount about the sort of fears and concerns unique to either political party. But scanning search engine data doesn't tell you much, even if you're able to filter it down to only political inquires. People of both parties search for things like "Romney speech time" or "Clinton speech video," and it doesn't tell us anything about their politics.
To get an insight into the sort of questions that liberals and conservatives uniquely pose to search engines, the Yahoo! Research team in Barcelona has developed an ingenuous tool called Political Search Trends. To find the most interesting data, they look at the search results for queries and identify those that turn up on reliably conservative or reliably liberal sites. (This is all done with anonymous, aggregate data for popular queries, not with what an individual person types in the search box.)Read More »from Search data shows wildly divergent narratives on right and left