Searches for words like ‘migrate’, ‘migrating’ spike as results of midterm polls are bared

By MB Online

Some Filipinos are not quite satisfied with the release of the midterm polls’ initial results.

Google Trends data showed that searches for the words “migrate” and “migrating” have boosted Monday night.

In a report by ABS-CBN News, Isaac Reyes of Data Seer, a data science and analytics training provider, said there could be a causal relationship between the increase in search terms and poll results.

The initial partial, unofficial results were released around 6:15 p.m. Monday.

He said the relationship made it more likely because the sheer magnitude of the spike, and the increased search volume both occurred specifically in those hours.

The data scientist said he made the data analysis following a complaint from a Facebook friend.

“I saw a post on Facebook from a friend who was complaining that she was going to move abroad because of the election results. While she was likely joking, I wondered whether there actually were citizens who had effectively “given up” on the Philippines and were ready to move abroad in frustration. So I turned to Google Trends for some actual data on the issue, and the results were far more extreme than I had expected,” DataSeer’s lead trainer told ABS-CBN News.

The data disclosed that Filipinos preferred Canada, Australia, and New Zealand as relocation destinations.

It also showed that residents from Metro Manila, Calabarzon, and Central Luzon have the “most interest” in moving abroad.

As of 12: 26 p.m. Tuesday, Cynthia Villar still leads the senate race with 24, 419, 330 votes, according to the partial, unofficial results from the Commissions on Elections (COMELEC) data with 94.67 percent election returns.

Aside from Villar, completing the current top 12 are the following: Grace Poe (21,351,391), Bong Go (19,794,562), Pia Cayetano (19,085,957), Bato Dela Rosa (18,192,132), Sonny Angara (17,556,384), Lito Lapid (16,413,651), Imee Marcos (15,322,447), Francis Tolentino (14,901,491), Bong Revilla Jr. (14,112,658), Koko Pimentel (14,105,270), Nancy Binay (14,082,137). #MatalinongBoto2019

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