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What Colombians search for in Google for the second presidential round: corruption and fraud, the trend

What Colombians search for in Google for the second presidential round: corruption and fraud, the trend
These are the search tendencies of Colombians prior to the second electoral round.  (Shutterstock)
These are the search tendencies of Colombians prior to the second electoral round. (Shutterstock)

This Tuesday, June 7, Google released the fifth newsletter of Colombian search trends ahead of the country’s presidential elections. The report focuses on data related to the second electoral round, electoral fraud and corruption.

On May 29, Colombia experienced the first electoral round: Gustavo Petro, the left-wing candidate of the Historical Pact, and Rodolfo Hernández, the candidate for the League of Anticorruption Leaders, obtained the largest number of votes and will compete to reach the House of Representatives. Nariño next June 19.

Considering that, the 56% of searches have to do with Gustavo Petro and the Historical Pact; Meanwhile he 44% are related to Hernandez. In the case of their vice-presidential formulas, Francia Márquez obtained 73% and Marelen Castillo 27%, respectively.

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When reviewing the searches of both candidates in the 32 departments of the country, only in one of them did Rodolfo Hernández obtain the majority of the trends: Amazonas; in the other areas of the country, Gustavo Petro has been the most Googled, according to the report.

second electoral round

In the last seven days, Colombians have mostly questioned themselves about the second electoral round with questions such as: When is it? Can the ID be registered? How are the polls going? When is the debate? ?, How does it work?, and since when does it exist?

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The trends highlighted in the bulletin showed an increase in searches for the National Consulting Center (CNC) survey, which confirmed that there would be a technical tie between the two contenders for the Presidency of the Republic.

In context: CNC survey: there would be a technical tie between Gustavo Petro and Rodolfo Hernández

With the result of that measurement, the question “what happens if there is a technical tie in the second round?” had a significant increase of +1,600% in the last few days. The same thing happened with searches related to “voting intention”, which increased +2,500%.

Corruption and electoral fraud

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The newsletter highlighted that Colombia is the third country worldwide with the highest search interest on political corruption in the last 12 months. Looking ahead to the presidential elections, the indices increased considering that Rodolfo Hernández is the candidate of the Governors Anti-Corruption League, but that he is currently facing a process for the crime of alleged improper interest in the conclusion of contracts.

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With this, queries related to the case together with the following questions: “integrity, transparency and fight against corruption course” with +200% and “conflict of interest” had an increase of +110% in the last 12 months.

With respect to electoral fraud, two of the 5 questions most wanted in the last seven days were related to the topic. The “2022 presidential election fraud” query garnered +3,000% search interest along with questions about counting, vote recounting, and whether there would be a runoff election.

The most frequently asked questions were: Was there electoral fraud on May 29? Where to report it? What happens if electoral fraud is proven? How do I know if my vote was registered? How are the counts going?

It is worth noting that the bulletin produced by Google Trends and the Milenium Group agency is not a scientific survey or an indicator of voting intention, but rather the “reflection of interest and trends on searches related to a topic in a given time”. In this case, the data in the report corresponds to June 6.

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