As Super Tuesday Results Poured In, Google Saw Spike in Searches For: ‘How Can I Move to Canada?’

Leah Barkoukis
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Posted: Mar 02, 2016 12:00 PM
As Super Tuesday Results Poured In, Google Saw Spike in Searches For: ‘How Can I Move to Canada?’

As results came in last night showing Republican frontrunner Donald Trump winning state after state, it seems people’s anxieties about living under a Trump administration set in. According to Google’s data editor, the number people asking the search engine how they could move up North skyrocketed.

Searches for "how can I move to Canada" on Google have spiked +350% in the past four hours #SuperTuesday

— Simon Rogers (@smfrogers) March 2, 2016

Trump dominated on Super Tuesday, the biggest date of the Republican presidential primary so far. He won seven out of a possible 11 contests. Sen. Ted Cruz(R-Texas) won three states, and Sen.Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) took Minnesota.

The outspoken billionaire also commanded attention on Google and Twitter before ballots were cast.

Trump dominated about 79 percent of Google searches about the GOP presidential field before votes started rolling in, and he took roughly 80 percent of mentions on Twitter in the same time frame.

While the real estate mogul may have stolen the show on Super Tuesday—both at the ballot box and on social media platforms—he hasn’t captured everyone’s hearts.

The cover of Wednesday’s New York Daily News, for example, featured a guide to fleeing the U.S. if Trump’s elected.

“The mere thought of President Trump taking the oath of office on Jan. 20, 2017, has already led to threats from U.S. citizens that they would leave our red, white and blue behind if The Donald reaches the White House,” the paper’s Meg Warner wrote in her guide to leaving America, which details several international locations that could make a great new home.

Canada made Warner’s list as “the most cliché country” to move to, but some of our friends up north are strongly encouraging Americans to take the plunge.

One website, Cape Breton if Donald Trump Wins, has been set up with the sole purpose of luring disgruntled Americans to the charming Canadian island, which they admit is “experiencing a bit of a population problem at the moment.” 

Just how many people are actually serious about leaving if Trump wins the election remains to be seen.