Google Trends: Last Week’s Big Televised Events and Virginia Politicians Scandals

Last Week’s Big Televised Events

Both the Super Bowl and the Presidents’s State of the Union address were televised last week. Both brought in many viewers and popularity on the web. Super Bowl LIII was broadcasted on Sunday, February 3, 2019. This was the lowest scoring super bowl in history, the game finished 13 to 3, reigning the New England Patriots the winners. The State of the Union Address also happened last week on February 5, 2019, where President Trump gave a speech at the White House.

The chart below shows the data from Google Trends for both the Super Bowl and the State of the Union from the past 7 days in the United States. Super Bowl is shown in blue, and State of the Union in red.

The Super Bowl blows the State of the Union out of the water and was Google searched a lot more. Did you watch the Super Bowl or the State of the Union? Comment below!

Virginia Politicians Scandals

Last week many news reports came out about a few Virginia politicians involved in various scandals. Justin Fairfax, Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, was accused of sexual assault in which he denies, and Attorney General of Virginia, Mark Herring, admits to wearing Blackface when he was in college for Halloween.

The chart shown below reflects the data from Google Trends regarding Justin Fairfax and and Mark Herring. Fairfax is reflected in blue and Herring in red. As you can see, Fairfax has raised above Herring up until additional controversy broke out about Mark Herring on February 6th in which the searches for him skyrocketed.

The Virginia government is in quite a jumble right now and these politicians’ careers could be in jeopardy.


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Gov. Pat Quinn talks about MAP grants at DePaul University. (Photo by Josclynn Brandon)

By Bob Smith

Gov. Pat Quinn visited DePaul University’s Loop campus on Wednesday to discuss how pension reform is harming the Monetary Award Program (MAP) college scholarships and access to higher education in Illinois.

“This is so important to our state, not only in the past, but certainly now and in the future,” Quinn said.
“We want everyone to have the opportunity to go to college that has the ability to go to college.”

MAP grants are need-based college scholarships that allow merit students who are in need across the state and do not need to be repaid by the student. Quinn said that due to cutbacks and having to pay more money in the pension amount, almost 18,000 students lost their MAP grant scholarships this year.

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