What Herman Cain and Jimmy Carter Have in Common

By Matt Stiles | | Topics: Uncategorized

Apparently there’s a strong correlation between people who search for GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain and those querying for the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library.

Here, for example, is a map of Herman Cain web searches back to 2003, according to Google Correlate

Here’s a map of searches for “Jimmy Carter President Library”: 

Here’s the data on a scatter plot (the circle in the upper righthand corner is Georgia): 

Of course, both men (and the library) reside in Georgia and, until earlier this year, Cain hosted a local talk radio show in Atlanta. So that probably explains the volume of searches in the state. 

Explore Google Correlate, and let me know what you find. 

Gallup: Cain Up. Perry Down.

By Matt Stiles | | Topics: Uncategorized

I’m a bit shocked by this latest polling detail from Gallup about the GOP presidential field: 

The upward trend continues in Republicans’ ratings of presidential candidate Herman Cain, as does the downward trend in their ratings of Rick Perry. Cain’s Positive Intensity Score has increased to 34 among Republicans familiar with him, while Perry’s has dropped to 7 in Gallup’s latest update. Cain’s score is the best any candidate has registered during the campaign this year.

This chart shows how that score — the percentage of survey respondents with strongly favorable opinions of the candidates minus those with strongly negative opinions — has changed over time. Perry has dropped dramatically among Republicans who recognize him since Gallup began tracking him in July:

Meanwhile, Cain has steadily increased his name recognition among the GOP surveyed by Gallup: 

Download the data