Toronto’s next mayor: Rob Ford? Web stats say so
Voters will go to the polls on Monday to elect Toronto’s next mayor and two candidates are in a dead heat leading up to D-Day. But what if Toronto’s next mayor was picked based on their online popularity?
Rob Ford would win.
The graph below shows the number of searches carried out for particular terms, relative to the total number of searches done on Google over time. The number’s aren’t absolute - but it’s a pretty good indication of how popular these mayoral hopefuls are online.
And they’re not too far off from what more traditional polls have told us: Rob Ford has a very very slight edge over George Smitherman, with Joe Pantalone trailing in third place.
Judging by the graph, a lot of people are talking about Rob Ford, a candidate who isn’t afraid of speaking his mind (nor is he going to let the gravy train roll by him at City Hall).
George Smitherman, Ontario’s former deputy premier, sits in second place and Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone has gained some momentum lately, but he still isn’t near the top.
Another way to look at the mayoral candidates’ popularity is on their social networks. Between Ford and Smitherman - the number of fans are pretty close on their Facebook pages with Smitherman having the edge. Pantalone has about a thousand more, however.
To be completely fair, there’s a page with more fans than both those all three frontrunners combined: 500,000 voters for a Rob Ford Free Toronto has nearly 11,500 fans.
When it comes to YouTube views, Ford blows the others out of the water. He has just over 179,000 upload views, Smitherman has a fraction at about 45,000 upload views. The number of upload views for Pantalone doesn’t show up on his YouTube page.
So there you have it - Ford is the man people are searching out on the web - whether it’s his policy, news articles about him or YouTube videos. We'll see if he is the one to win on election night.
Who will this blogger vote for? The guy with the best web prescence of them all - Steve Murray, because Toronto deserves something, even if it doesn’t count.
- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets