Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Good news for anxious Democrats

Google is an imperfect oracle of popular will, but here’s one trend that seems pretty clear: Searches for the phrase “registrarse para votar” — “register to vote,” in Spanish — hit an all-time high during Monday’s presidential debate, spiking to more than 100,000 searches.

... According to Google, search volume was highest in the ever-important swing state of Florida, followed by New Jersey, New York, Texas and California.

... Spanish-language searches for voting information have only neared this interest share on one prior occasion: That was after the first presidential debate in 2012. In the current election cycle, the last comparable spike occurred on Aug. 31, the day Donald Trump made his much-anticipated Phoenix immigration speech, though search volume also increased after both parties’ conventions.

Washington Post

It's been my experience that polling on Latino/a vote preferences is a lagging indicator. This community tunes in to elections late, if at all. I would not be surprised if we were seeing new voters tune in just now.

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