For a while now I’ve been pretty interested in seeing Google as a sort of crude polling tool. When you’re logged out of Google accounts, Google’s autocomplete offers search suggestions using an algorithm based on the popularity of search terms and user’s activities. It’s interesting to see what kind of suggestions pop up for political (or maybe more abstract human psychological) searches. Obviously this shouldn’t be seen as a precise tool for gauging public opinion, but it does offer some compelling results for consideration.
For example, if you search for “Scott Walker is” you get these suggestions:
Some interesting results come from running searches for “America,” “the US government,” and “Republicans.”
Also interesting to consider are the mixed results when you search for “capitalism,” and “socialism.”