April 27, 2017

Four periods of elevated search activity across categories and regions emerged in 2014

Four periods of elevated search activity across categories and regions emerged in 2014

Proportion of all Google searches that contain Flint water crisis-related terms for each category within each geographic area

Public health in Flint

Contaminants in Michigan

News about the water crisis in Flint and Michigan

Larger proportion of searches

Flint

Michigan

Apr 25

Flint switches from Detroit to Flint River for tap water

Aug 12

Boil water advisory issued

Sep 5

Flint city issues another boil water advisory

Oct 13

GM stops using Flint River water

High point

High point

High point

Smaller proportion of searches

High point

Months

J

F

M

A

M

J

J

A

S

O

N

D

J

F

M

A

M

J

J

A

S

O

N

D

J

F

M

A

M

J

J

A

S

O

N

D

2014

2015

2016

2014

2015

2016

2014

2015

2016

Note: For details on search topic definitions and sampling, see the Methodology.

Source: Pew Research Center analysis of Google Health API data for Jan. 5, 2014–July 2, 2016.

“Searching for News: The Flint Water Crisis”

PEW RESEARCH CENTER

Four periods of elevated search activity across categories and regions emerged in 2014

Proportion of all Google searches that contain Flint water crisis-related terms for each category within each geographic area

Larger proportion of searches

News about the water crisis in Flint and Michigan

Apr 25

Flint switches from Detroit to Flint River for tap water

Aug 12

Boil water advisory issued

High point

High point

Smaller proportion of searches

Flint

Michigan

J

F

M

A

M

J

J

A

S

O

N

D

Months

2014

2015

2016

Larger proportion of searches

Public health in Flint

Sep 5

Flint city issues another boil water advisory

High point

Smaller proportion of searches

J

F

M

A

M

J

J

A

S

O

N

D

Months

2014

2015

2016

Contaminants in Michigan

Larger proportion of searches

Oct 13

GM stops using Flint River water

Smaller proportion of searches

High point

Months

J

F

M

A

M

J

J

A

S

O

N

D

2014

2015

2016

Note: For details on search topic definitions and sampling, see the Methodology.

Source: Pew Research Center analysis of Google Health API data for Jan. 5, 2014–July 2, 2016.

“Searching for News: The Flint Water Crisis”

PEW RESEARCH CENTER

Four periods of elevated search activity across categories and regions emerged in 2014

Proportion of all Google searches that contain Flint water crisis-related terms for each category within each geographic area

News about the water crisis in Flint and Michigan

Larger proportion of searches

Flint

Michigan

Apr 25

Flint switches from Detroit to Flint River for tap water

Aug 12

Boil water advisory issued

High pt.

High pt.

Smaller proportion of searches

2014

2015

2016

Public health in Flint

Larger proportion of searches

Sep 5

Flint city issues another boil water advisory

High pt.

Smaller proportion of searches

2014

2015

2016

Contaminants in Michigan

Larger proportion of searches

Oct 13

GM stops using Flint River water

Smaller proportion of searches

High pt.

2014

2015

2016

Note: For details on search topic definitions and sampling, see the Methodology.

Source: Pew Research Center analysis of Google Health API data for Jan. 5, 2014–July 2, 2016.

“Searching for News: The Flint Water Crisis”

PEW RESEARCH CENTER