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Political angle of Flint water crisis rose in searches

Political angle of Flint water crisis rose in searches both locally and nationally in January 2016 for the first time

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

Jan 16

President Obama declares

state of emergency and

offers $5M in aid

 

Apr 20

Criminal

charges

filed

Larger

proportion

of searches

Mar 6

Democratic

presidential

candidates

hold a

debate in

Flint

Jan 4–5

State of emergency

declared in Genesee

County and Michigan

 

May 4

Obama

addresses

Flint

Flint

Mich.

Smaller

proportion

of searches

U.S.

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”

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Political angle of Flint water crisis rose in searches both locally and nationally in January 2016 for the first time

 

Proportion of all Google searches that contain Flint water

crisis-related terms for the Politics category within each

geographic area

May 4

Obama

addresses Flint

Flint

Michigan

U.S.

Apr 20

Criminal charges filed

Larger

proportion

of searches

Mar 6

Democratic presidential

candidates hold a debate in Flint

Jan 16

President Obama declares state of

emergency and offers $5M in aid

 

Jan 4–5

State of emergency declared in

Genesee County and Michigan

 

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

Political angle of Flint water

crisis rose in searches both

locally and nationally in

January 2016 for the first time

 

Proportion of all Google searches that

contain Flint water crisis-related

terms for the Politics category within

each geographic area

D

C

Larger

proportion

of searches

B

A

E

Flint

Michigan

U.S.

Smaller

proportion

of searches

2014

2015

2016

A

Jan 4–5 State of emergency declared in Genesee County and Michigan

Jan 16 President Obama declares state of emergency and offers $5M in aid

B

Mar 6 Democratic presidential candidates hold a debate in Flint

C

Apr 20 Criminal charges filed

D

May 4 Obama addresses Flint

E

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