Google Trends: Taylor Swift’s instagram post causes a spike in voter registrations

Taylor Swift vs. Voter Registration

In an Instagram post on October 7th 2018, the music mega pop star posted of her endorsement for Tennessee congressional race and how important it is for people to go out and vote. Taylor has 114 million followers and for most of Taylor’s career she has remained silent on her political beliefs.

The mid- October posting had Swift promising to vote for two Democratic candidates: former governor Phil Bredesen for the Senate and Rep. Jim Cooper for reelection in Tennessee. She also addressed her past silence in regards to politics.

The post stated, “I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country,” she wrote. “I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent.”

As the days went by and her post was seen by her millions of followers, there is clear correlation in the google trends chart above that with Taylor’s posting of about voting caused a spike in people searching voter registration.

Bredesen Vs. Blackburn

By having Taylor Swift publicly shed light on the Tennessee candidates for the congressional seat, we can see from the chart, there is a clear spike in the searches for the candidate’s, Phil Bredesen and Marsha Blackburn, around the week of October 7th continuing throughout the week until October 13th.

Taylor’s instagram post stated she was in support of Democratic nominee Phil Bredesen, claiming that although in the past she may have wanted a woman (Blackburn) in the congressional seat, she said she does not support her beliefs on social issues. The republican nominee, Marsha Blackburn is a big critic of equal rights for the LGBTQ community, which is a deal breaker for many. Despite Taylor’s viral instagram post, Marsha Blackburn did end up winning the congressional seat in Tennessee. That is not to say that Taylor did not cause an interest for young people, at the very least, to research voting registration.

When Blackburn did win the congressional seat she made a statement by to the public by giving Taylor a playful jab using lyrics to one of her most popular songs. As Marsha rang in the win she gave Swift some advice, “shake it off”.

Dwayne Haskins passing Statistics

Portrayed in the graphic above are the statistics on Ohio State buckeyes, Dwayne Haskins, passing scores for 2017 and 2018.

Dwayne Haskins is a sophomore, quarterback weighing 220 lbs. and coming in at a height of 6 feet 3 inches tall .With the end of the football season, it has been rumored that Dwayne Haskins will be the most sought after quarterback for the upcoming 2019 NFL draft. Haskins is known for his great passing skills. In the past season Haskins was a critical tool used in delivering the ball to the end zone. In 2018 during the Rose Bowl in Washington, Haskins found an opening between three opposing defenders and threw the ball perfectly to his teammate Dixon and scored a 19-yard touch down. 

Chicago Cubs Attendance (2007-2016)

This graph demonstrates the annual fluctuation of attendance for the Chicago Cubs from 2007 to 2016. The attendance started off strong in 2008 with a total of 3,300,200. From the years 2009 to 2013, the cubs experience a steady down turn in attendees.

The Cubs Game attendance started to increase from 2014 to 2016. It was not until the Cubs won the World Series in 2016, when the attendance soared up to 3,232,420.

practice story

By Bob Smith

Gov. Pat Quinn visited DePaul University’s Loop campus on Wednesday to discuss how pension reform is harming the Monetary Award Program (MAP) college scholarships and access to higher education in Illinois.

“This is so important to our state, not only in the past, but certainly now and in the future,” Quinn said.
“We want everyone to have the opportunity to go to college that has the ability to go to college.”

MAP grants are need-based college scholarships that allow merit students who are in need across the state and do not need to be repaid by the student. Quinn said that due to cutbacks and having to pay more money in the pension amount, almost 18,000 students lost their MAP grant scholarships this year.

“We do not want anyone denied that opportunity because of finances,” Quinn said. “We can’t afford to lose all the talent that exists, all the ability that exists for higher education to help our economy and to help all of us, because there are financial challenges that deny someone the opportunity to go to community college or a four-year university — public and private — in our state.”

Quinn was joined by several Illinois college students, including DePaul Student Government Association Vice President Casey Clemmons.
“Every year over 5,000 DePaul students receive MAP grants, and just like the students who have already spoken here today, all of these DePaul students rely on this funding in order to continue their college careers,” Clemmons said.

“Because the number of Illinois students eligible to receive MAP is currently increasing, existing funding does not allow the state to assist all the eligible students. As a result, without action by the Illinois state leadership, more DePaul students than ever will see their MAP funding disappear this year and more

DePaul students than ever will be forced to give up their education due to finances.”

More than 150,000 students nationally receive MAP grants each year.

Clemmons told the audience that on Tuesday, DePaul’s SGA unanimously passed a resolution calling on the Illinois general assembly and the governor to ensure the longevity of the MAP program.  He read the resolution aloud and presented a copy to Quinn. 

Ken Thomas, a University of Illinois Board of Trustees student member, MAP recipient and University of Illinois Chicago student, told how he wouldn’t be where he is today if it wasn’t for the MAP grant.

“My mom, when I was in high school, had to work two jobs just to keep food on the table,” Thomas said, “and if we didn’t have [the] MAP program like we do today, I know that I wouldn’t be where I am today; graduating with a degree, hoping to be a productive member of society.” 

Having a productive and functioning society and economy is what Quinn says it’s all about.

“Jobs follow brainpower,” he said. “We want to make sure we have smart people in Illinois. Well skilled, well-educated students coming out of college with graduate degrees and diplomas so they can create jobs, create new businesses,” he said. “Our goal in Illinois is to have at least 60 percent of the adults in our state with a college degree or college associate degree or career certificate by the year 2025. In order to achieve we have to make sure we have a good scholarship program.”

Clemmons said that in order for that to happen, state legislatures need to reflect upon the question, “What must be done?” and do what’s required.