The story of America’s post-election grief, as told through Google searches

  • Former President Bill Clinton applauds as his wife, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks in New York, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. Clinton conceded the presidency to Donald Trump in a phone call early Wednesday morning, a stunning end to a campaign that appeared poised right up until Election Day to make her the first woman elected U.S. president. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) Andrew Harnik

  • President-elect Donald Trump speaks during an election night rally, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci) Evan Vucci

Washington Post
Wednesday, November 09, 2016

If we’ve learned anything in the past 12 hours, it’s this: Polls can be off; pundits can be wrong; predictions can be mistaken. Google searches, on the other hand, remain an excellent barometer of our collective id.

That was certainly the case in the early evening Tuesday when, according to Google Trends – a tool that identifies news topics spiking in search – Americans began searching by the tens of thousands for political news sources and basic information like “when do polls close on Election Day?”

It was the case between 8 p.m. and midnight, when election results began to come in, and Americans overwhelmingly searched for counts from Pennsylvania and Florida, specifically, as well as general “poll trackers” and the ever popular “who’s winning the election?”

But you see, a shift begin when the answer comes back, definitively, as Donald Trump. There’s suddenly a lot of concern about the stock market and Russian President Vladimir Putin. And there are a lot of questions, as there always are, about Canadian immigration. This, in short, is the story of blue America’s post-election grief, as told through Google searches.

12 a.m.

Presidential election results; Projected election results; Latest polls; CNN

1 a.m.

California; California electoral votes; Hillary Clinton for US President

2 a.m.

Pennsylvania; Electoral votes; What is an electoral vote; How does the electoral college work; Popular vote; Nate Silver; Dow futures; Who’s winning Trump or Hillary

3 a.m.

Michigan; How many electoral votes are there; Who is ahead in the polls right now; Popular vote; Canadian immigration; How to move to Canada; Canadian citizenship

4 a.m.

Elections; Who is in the lead for President

5 a.m.

Who is our new president; S&P 500; Conceded; Inauguration Day; Harambe

6 a.m.

David Duke; Democracy; Make America Great Again hat

7 a.m.

Riots; Maine election results; Stock market crash

8 a.m.

Clinton concession speech; Trump acceptance speech; Move to Canada; Putin

9 a.m.

Donald Trump memes; Hillary Clinton concession speech; Riots; Russia; Donald Trump The Simpsons