Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein and her vice presidential running mate Ajamu Baraka attempted to win over a national audience Wednesday night with a special Green Party town hall meeting presented by CNN. The next slate of public opinion polling will determine if they won over any voters, but one thing is clear: the special program created a surge of interest in the Green Party ticket.
According to Google Trends, searches for the Green Party, Stein and Baraka skyrocketed during the town hall.
Google doesn't release raw data on the total number of searches for any keywords, so it's hard to know exactly how many queries were made related to the Green Party candidates. Infographics representing the rise and fall of Google searches reveal, however, that search activity for Stein and the Green Party peaked during the primetime hours with searches for the Green Party even surpassing searches for the Democratic Party during the 8:00 p.m. hour. The surge in interest was no doubt spurred by the Green Party's relative absence from national media this election cycle, in addition to Stein and Baraka's performance during the town hall.
Stein and Baraka have a long way to go in turning newfound interest in the Green Party to support, however, with the most recent Pew poll placing support for the Stein at just four percent.