Google’s Interest in China Jumped Nationwide After Pelosi’s Visit to Taiwan


Data: Google Trends; Map: Jacque Schrag and Will Chase/Axios

‘China’ became the third most searched topic across the country last week on a list of questions likely to sway midterm voters, according to the latest data for Axios’ Google Trends Midterm Tracker. .

Why it matters: Attention and controversy over President Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan has spread outside of the Decian bubble, capturing national attention. China’s ranking was the highest since Axios started tracking data at the end of May.

  • China ranked 6th on the list in the last week of July and 11th in the last week of June.

In numbers : Three of the five main research topics remain related to the economy: jobs, taxes and wages. Guns have also been hovering in and around the top five for weeks now.


  • China’s top five research districts were all in California, Pelosi’s home state.
  • Rep. Judy Chu’s (D-Calif.) district had the most searches in China of any other district. Chu, the first Chinese-American woman elected to Congress, told CNN Prior to Pelosi’s visit, she “always supported Taiwan.”

Between the lines : The dashboard also revealed an increase in attention related to Kansas voters’ rejection of an anti-abortion constitutional amendment last week.

  • In Kansas’s 4th District, which includes the city of Wichita, abortion has become the most searched topic – exceeding jobs, which is highly unusual.
  • All four districts in Kansas recorded more Google search interest in abortion than any other district in the country, followed closely by neighboring Missouri’s 5th District.

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