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Fol­low the Gen­eral Elec­tion on­line

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Lots of ques­tions are be­ing asked ahead of the Gen­eral Elec­tion on 8 June and, ac­cord­ing to a new site from Google, the most com­mon in­clude: “What party is Theresa May from?”, “Who is the Lib Dem Leader?” and “Who should I vote for?”. Com­pil­ing data from Google Trends, it makes for en­light­en­ing read­ing.

Aside from learn­ing how much in­ter­est there is in the five most searched-for par­ties and their lead­ers, you can track the na­tion’s gen­eral mood and view trend­ing queries. You can also see how many peo­ple are con­sid­er­ing join­ing a par­tic­u­lar party and the spe­cific ques­tions be­ing asked about them, and view facts in­clud­ing the cur­rent ma­jor­ity held by the Con­ser­va­tives and re­gional elec­tion trends. Click­ing the var­i­ous el­e­ments lets you ex­plore the in­for­ma­tion in greater de­tail.

How­ever, it’s not all about the stats and there are rel­e­vant ar­ti­cles from sources such as the BBC, Reuters, The Guardian, Fi­nan­cial Times and lo­cal and for­eign press. Google doesn’t bother with polls or at­tempts at anal­y­sis (po­ten­tially a good thing), but there is cer­tainly plenty to pon­der as you make up your mind over where to place that cross. bit.ly/elec­tion423

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