Mon. Oct 21st, 2019

Elections 2019: Freedom Front Plus overtakes DA in Google search trends

Elections 2019 voting stationGoogle search results shows an interesting trend emerging on the search engine. The Freedom Front Plus is not in the Top 3 most searched parties during the last 24 hours.

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While the top three parties yesterday were the African National Congress (ANC), the Democratic Alliance (DA), and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), the Google landscape looks a bit different today.

The ANC is the most searched political party, followed by the EFF, the Freedom Front Plus (FF+), the DA and Black First Land First (BLF).

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The Google search trends also indicate that South Africans are impatient to know the results and are searching for more election-related information as the news trickles out.

Freedom Front search results

Let’s drill down a bit deeper into these search results. In addition, you can learn more about the FF+ here.

This is static image for search terms throughout the day.

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This data is live and will update as time progresses.

So many questions, so little time. South Africans are taking to Google for answers, not only about the FF+, but about all parties in general.

Note: Follow our live coverage of the 2019 general elections and results here

Elections 2019: Top 10 results

While the counting is not complete yet and we can’t predict the future, we can answer some of these questions for you.

  • Who won the election in South Africa?
  • How many parties in the 2019 election? The answer is 48.
  • How many votes for a seat in parliament? There are 400 seats to play for in total. Read more about the math in calculating the seats per party here.
  • When will election results be available? Fingers crossed for Saturday, depending on various factors. The projections are already in.
  • How are the elections going? Follow the latest updates here.
  • When does counting start? Ongoing since yesterday.
  • Which party is leading with votes? At the time of publishing, the national results had the ANC at 56.6%, followed by the DA with 23.41%, the EFF wit 9.35%, the FF+ with 2.84% and IFP with 2.17%. These figures are updated as the voting the continues and the live results can be found here. Scroll down to the bottom of the page for the results centre.

As for political parties, Julius Malema is the most searched leader, followed by Cyril Ramaphosa. Mmusi Maimane, who was in the top spot yesterday, dropped down third.

Followed by Vuyo Zungula from the African Transformation Movement, and Hlaudi Motsoeneng from the African Content Movement. Motsoeneng was confident yesterday that he’d still rule the country.

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With the ANC currently in the lead, citizens also took to Google to learn more about the party.

The top five ANC-related questions:

What does the ANC stand for?
Why did Malema leave the ANC?
How old is the ANC?
What has the ANC done for South Africa?
How many votes for the ANC?

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