Butte and the Berkeley Pit

The state of Montana has voted Republican in every presidential election since 1992, when Bill Clinton won 37.63 percent of the popular vote to beat George H.W. Bush. Bush received 35.12 percent of the popular vote that year.

In the 2016 election, when Donald Trump won 55.6 percent of the popular vote in Montana, six counties voted for Hillary Clinton: Missoula, Glacier, Big Horn, Gallatin, Deer Lodge and Silver Bow.

Continue reading

Google Trends: Social Media Site Searches

Twitter/Instagram and Twitter/Instagram/Facebook: In April 2016, Slate announced that Facebook is no longer the social network. Their point was that people are sharing less and less original content on Facebook and instead reposting from other sites.

This is part of the conventional wisdom that Facebook is on the way out as the primary social media platform. A glance at the Google Trends comparison reveals that while searches for Facebook have been steadily declining since Dec. 2012, it is still far outpaces searches for Twitter or Instagram.

Continue reading

Google Trends: Terminology in the Abortion Debate

Pro Life/Anti Abortion and Pro Choice/Abortion Rights: As NPR explored here in 2010, the terms used to describe various sides and opinions in the abortion debate matter. Consistently, news sources prefer to use the terms “abortion rights activists” and “anti-abortion” rather than “pro-choice” and “pro-life.”

Generally, as can be seen in the graphic, people are more likely to use the search terms “pro life” and “pro choice.” Interestingly, as can be seen below, from Jan. 23-Jan. 25, the searches for “anti abortion” briefly outnumbered the searches for “pro life.”
Continue reading