What Kiwis asked Google during the debate

12:09 pm on 5 September 2017

Data from Google shows Kiwis' search interest in Jacinda Ardern was almost one third higher than Bill English during last night's leaders' debate.

Jacinda Ardern and Bill English talk after the second leaders debate.

Jacinda Ardern and Bill English talk after the Newshub debate in Auckland on Monday. Photo: Supplied / Michael Bradley

The biggest spike in searches for either leader during the debate went to Bill English, when he answered a question from Newshub host Patrick Gower about what he would do with a $1000 tax cut.

Mr English said he would use the tax cut to support his family.

Google search trends during the leaders' debate, showing searches for Jacinda Ardern in red and Bill English in blue.

Google search trends during the leaders' debate, showing searches for Jacinda Ardern in red and Bill English in blue. Photo: Google

At regional level, Google searches for Mr English were higher in Wellington and the West Coast, bucking the national trend.

Search interest in Ms Ardern was highest in Taranaki.

Top trending searches during the debate showed people were most interested in Mr English's salary, net worth and boxing, a throwback search reference to Mr English's charity boxing match against New Zealand entertainer Ted Clarke in 2002.

Top trending searches for Ms Ardern showed her age and "husband/partner" were uppermost in viewers' minds.

Searches for the misspelled "Jacinta Ardern" also soared during the debate.

Look back at how the debate developed with RNZ's blog here.

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