Over at Google's Politics & Election Blog, Jake Parrillo has put together a comparison of Internet searches for Occupy Wall Street and the tea party, an exercise that turned up some interesting results.
Based on search patterns from Google users, Americans' interest in these two large groups is clear. Here's what we found:
Searches for Occupy Wall Street started on Sept. 16 & peaked one month later on October 15.
NY is tops in searches, right? Wrong. Top 3 states for most "Occupy" searches: Vermont, Oregon, New York.
Search interest in OWS is higher than the tea party. Both currently and in looking at the birth of each, searches for the tea party peak each April as Americans begin to file their taxes.
The folks at Google also looked at data from Google News, and found that "despite big leads in polls and search traffic for Occupy Wall Street, it is almost in a dead heat with the teapParty for the volume of news coverage ... between Oct. 7 and last week, Occupy Wall Street only barely bests the tea party when we examine the number of news pieces covering each movement: 29,000 to 22,000."
They've got some interesting charts and maps here.