What is the rest of the world searching about Donald Trump?

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As the aftermath of Donald Trump’s electoral victory rumbles on, the rest of the world is busy searching online to see what his policies are, discovering some interesting results.

Despite critics of Donald Trump previously claiming that the president-elect lacked any real specifics in policy, many are familiar with the things he said on the campaign trail, most notably a temporary ban on Muslims and the building of a wall on the Mexican border.

While these positions caused quite a stir in Trump’s native US, the billions of people across the globe watching on from afar have become increasingly conscious of what his victory will mean, on a myriad of different topics that affect the average person.

To help us get a better picture, an international data research company called Accurat has tapped into Google’s News Lab to create World POTUS. This is a data visulisation of how the world is searching for Donald Trump and some of the topics he has spoken about in the past.

What becomes clear is that topics being searched across the globe would correspond with subjects close to the interests of that country and its links with the US.

TPP

One example cited is that countries are searching for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement and Donald Trump.

TPP Accurat

Image: Accurat

The trade agreement among 12 countries was fiercely criticised by Trump as a “disaster” of the presidency of Barack Obama. Based on the search data, Asia is now fearful for its demise, particularly Singapore and Japan.

With Trump’s election, the expectation is that the ongoing TPP talks will fall apart without cooperation from the US.

Racism

Accusations of racism have been thrown at Trump throughout the campaign, from his anti-Islamic comments following global terrorist attacks, to allegations that he did not rent his properties to black people in the 1970s.

According to search results, Canada and Ireland are some of the most active searchers on the topic of racism.

However, by expanding the results, it becomes clear that the continent of Africa as a whole is the most active searcher.

Racism

Image: Accurat

ISIS

In the world of geopolitics, Trump was particularly vocal on the topic of the ISIS and what the US should do to stem its brutal tactics in the occupied territories of Syria and Iraq.

In fact, during one speech on the topic, he told supporters he would “bomb the shit out of ‘em”, generating huge applause from the crowd.

Yet strangely, the numbers searching on Google for both ISIS and Donald Trump are generally low abroad, except for the Nordic country of Iceland, which overshadows searches in countries like Iran, the Lebanon and Ireland.

ISIS

Image: Accurat

Obamacare

Taking one last example, Trump has spoken a number of times on his plans to scrap the roll-out of universal healthcare in the US – known as Obamacare.

Given that it is a popular destination for US citizens to travel to, to seek cheaper medication, Canada is the most active searcher globally for Trump’s opinions on healthcare.

In fact, across the Americas, the searchers for healthcare are the most abundant, followed by Oceania, with Europe being the least interested overall.

This is despite both Singapore and Ireland ranking highly, according to Accurat’s data.

Obamacare

Image: Accurat

Person looking at Donald Trump on a phone. Image: ThomasDeco/Shutterstock

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Colm Gorey is a journalist with Siliconrepublic.com

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