- Google Trends registered Mmusi Maimane as the most-Googled politician on Election Day
- The trends also show how searches for politicians spiked after they cast their votes and briefed the media
- Additionally, the most common search related to Julius Malema was, interestingly, "Malema votes ANC"
While votes are currently being tallied, there is another metric which can provide some insight into how voters felt on election day - Google Trends
Yesterday, the EFF was the most-Googled political party in South Africa, while the DA's Mmusi Maimane was the most-searched politician.
The trends also showed how voters' interests varied over time.
Cyril Ramaphosa and Bantu Holomisa were also among the most-oogled party leaders.
The trends also showed how voters' interests varied over time. For example, searches for Cyril Ramaphosa spiked around 11am, which was roughly when the president cast his vote in Chiawelo, Soweto. Searches for Malema also increased dramatically after the EFF leader briefed the media.
Google trends also offer a glimpse into other searches people made while Googling certain parties. Some of the most common searches related to searches for Mmusi Maimane were "good party" and "Vryheidsfront", while the top four searches related to Julius Malema were variations of "Malema votes for ANC".
The trends also break down Google searches by region. Julius Malema was the most-Googled politician in Limpopo - an EFF stronghold - while the highest percentage of searches for Cyril Ramaphosa was in the Northern Cape.
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