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News and Media search interest reached second-highest level in Flint and Michigan in August 2014

News and Media search interest reached second-highest level in Flint and Michigan in August 2014

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

Flint

Michigan

Larger

proportion

of searches

Sep 5

Flint issues another advisory

Aug 16

Boil water advisory issued

Apr 25

Flint switches from Detroit to Flint River for tap water

Oct 13

GM stops using Flint River water

Smaller

proportion

of searches

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

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

News and Media search interest reached second-highest level in Flint and Michigan in August 2014

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

Larger

proportion

of searches

Flint

Michigan

Aug 16

Boil water advisory issued

Apr 25

Flint switches from Detroit to Flint River for tap water

Sep 5

Flint issues another advisory

Oct 13

GM stops using Flint River water

Smaller

proportion

of searches

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

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

News and Media search interest reached second-highest level in Flint and Michigan in August 2014

 

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

Larger

proportion

of searches

Flint

Michigan

D

C

B

A

Smaller

proportion

of searches

2014

2015

2016

Apr 25 Flint switches from Detroit to Flint River for tap water

A

Aug 16 Boil water advisory issued

B

Sep 5 Flint issues another advisory

C

Oct 13 GM stops using Flint River water

D

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