Midterm Elections 2022: Issues that Matter to Americans

Midterm Elections 2022: The Issues that Matter to Americans (AXIOS and Google Project)

Midterm Elections 2022: Issues that Matter to Americans

In conjunction with Google Trends, AXOIS is tracking the issues people care about in your district. This newly launched dashboard will be updated regularly through midterms. The project participants included:

visual journalists Jacque Schrag and Will R. Chase

data journalist and data editor Simon Rogers, Automatic Knowledge Founder Alasdair Rae, and Google Senior Software Engineer Jenny Lee

reporter Stef Kight, AXIOS Managing Editor and political analyst Margaret Talev

design and data consultation from IDSC Visualization program Director Alberto Cairo, and AXIOS Data Visualization Editor Danielle Alberti


“Midterm elections 2022: The issues that matter to Americans”

AXIOS offers: As the 2022 midterms approach, see which issues people in your congressional district care about. All politics are local. To identify the most decisive issues for this year’s midterm voters, Axios dug through Google Trends search data in each congressional district. The project is tracking two trends:

  • Absolute interest, which ranks the topics people are Googling most in their districts
  • Relative interest, which compares the interest in a topic from one district to another

For example, people in Montana’s 2nd Congressional District have been searching about “jobs” less frequently than people in most other districts. The topic has low relative interest there. But in the same district, people search “jobs” more than any other topic listed. So “jobs” still comes in as No. 1 for absolute interest.

Learn more about how they measure absolute interest and relative interest at axios.com/middterm-elections-2022-issues-americans-care or scroll down on that page to explore the results on your own.