Last month, we ran a story about Google search trends which suggested that Narendra Modi might be the next prime minister. January saw Narendra Modi leading Arvind Kejriwal by a slender margin in Google search popularity. Roll on February, Modi opened the gap between him and Kejriwal by almost doubling his lead.
Riding the aam aadmi wave, Kejriwal became the Chief Minister of New Delhi in December. His search popularity numbers were 75 — five more than Modi — back in December. Since then Modi has shifted gears and stepped on the accelerator to fightback from 70 to reach 82 on Google Trends.
Rahul Gandhi, on the other hand, saw his search popularity surge after his interview with Times Now. But he has slipped to 23 from 36 since then.
To understand how Google Trends works, and to get a more detailed comparison between the three leaders, read this: Narendra Modi may be the next Prime Minister, suggest Google trends
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