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Who Won the Presidential Debate, According to Google

by Adriana Lee | October 17, 2012October 17, 2012 7:30 pm PST

Did you tune into the presidential debate last night? If so, you were among the 65.6 million television viewers who watched Mitt Romney and Barack Obama duke it out for Candy Crowley, an in-studio audience and a fleet of TV cameras at Hofstra University.

In a highly charged election season, it’s natural to wonder how the candidates are faring after this, the second of the three scheduled debates. In the past, we had to rely on the analysis of pundits and journos to tell us. But it’s 2012, and we have better tools available now.

Google, which took up the task of covering this election season, gauged the public’s reactions by posing questions to the masses and compiling search data surrounding the debate. Here’s what it came up with:

Who won the debate

Top search terms

Top related search terms

Search interest

Who do you think won the debate? Does your experience line up with Google’s data? Weigh in. (And if you missed it, you can catch the blow-by-blow here, courtesy of Time.)

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Adriana Lee

Adriana is the resident writer-slash-culture vulture who has written about everything from smartphones, tablets, apps, accessories, and small biz...