The Aftermath: Surprising Correlations Following Trump’s Win

Last updated by Ryan Whitacker on November 22, 2016 As many (myself included) were quick to report, searches related to “moving to Canada” and other foreign countries reached an all-time high following Trump’s victory. Live election coverage also reported that the Canadian immigration site had crashed under heavy traffic, which contributed to more visits, causing the Read more about The Aftermath: Surprising Correlations Following Trump’s Win[…]

Visa & Moving Searches Reach All-Time High as Trump Nears Win

Published on November 11, 2016 by Ryan Whitacker The last few hours have seen an incredible spike in searches for visa-related terms. The image below comes from Google Trends for the USA only, and spikes as election results swing in Trump’s direction. Note that listed times are Pacific time. The more preliminary search for “move to Read more about Visa & Moving Searches Reach All-Time High as Trump Nears Win[…]

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Data Shows Media Ignoring Sanders Less as His Chances Decline

Published on March 26 by Ryan Whitacker A couple months ago I posted an analysis of media bias in the 2016 election. The analysis used Google searches compared to mainstream TV mentions and found a very strong correlation, showing that the trends are strongly connected. Most surprisingly, there was a huge discrepancy between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton TV coverage. At the time Clinton Read more about Data Shows Media Ignoring Sanders Less as His Chances Decline[…]

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2016 Presidential Media Blackouts: Not Just Conspiracy

Published on January 12 by Ryan Whitacker In my last post I talked about correlations between media coverage and poll numbers for Republican presidential candidates. The most common response from non-Trump supporters was a claim that their candidate is being treated unfairly by the media. Claims of biased media are nothing new: Ron and Rand Paul supporters often accuse Read more about 2016 Presidential Media Blackouts: Not Just Conspiracy[…]

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Is All Publicity Good Publicity for Republicans?

Published on December 19, 2015 by Ryan Whitacker It’s been said that “all publicity is good publicity.” Our analysis shows that this is mostly true in the Republican primary: unless you’re Jeb Bush. We analyzed the correlation between search interest on Google Trends and polling data from RealClearPolitics to determine when publicity helps candidates most. Here are the Read more about Is All Publicity Good Publicity for Republicans?[…]

How Much Universal Healthcare Would Cost in the US

Published November 11, 2015 by Ryan Whitacker I recently published an article calculating the costs of all Bernie Sander’s proposals. The article spread quickly on Facebook and Reddit; the most common disagreement (by far) could be paraphrased, “Universal Healthcare wouldn’t cost anything.” Fiscal conservatives, of course, are quick to deride the idea that you can get Read more about How Much Universal Healthcare Would Cost in the US[…]

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Trump’s Immigration Plan Would Cut GDP $555 billion, Require $330 Billion in Spending

Published November 10th, 2015 by Ryan Whitacker Early on in the presidential campaign, Donald Trump said he would deport all illegal immigrants and send Mexico the bill. Many thought Trump would back off these claims, but he so far hasn’t taken anything back. We calculated the cost of building a wall and deporting immigrants to be a minimum Read more about Trump’s Immigration Plan Would Cut GDP $555 billion, Require $330 Billion in Spending[…]

What Bernie Sanders’s Proposals Would REALLY Cost

Published October 16, 2015 by Ryan Whitacker Updated on October 22, 2015 The WSJ estimated (badly) that everything Bernie Sanders wants would cost an astounding $18 trillion – but the WSJ did this analysis in some kind of time vacuum with no supply or demand forces. Medicare, for example, was apparently multiplied over 10 years Read more about What Bernie Sanders’s Proposals Would REALLY Cost[…]