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27.7.08

Political profile, as measured by Google 

If mentions are an indicator of how much impact you are having on the global dialogue, then here are how the various leaders or candidates are doing (names entered in quotes).
   Notes: in the US figures, the sitting president has been added for comparison. No adjustment has been made for namesakes, different spellings, etc. (giving Australian senator Bob Brown, the UK Democratic Unionist Party’s Peter Robinson, the Respect Coalition’s Linda Smith, Northern Ireland’s Alliance Party’s David Ford and New Zealand Alliance co-leaders Kay Murray and Andrew McKenzie more than one might expect). As I am unsure of the leadership of the various green parties in the UK, they have been omitted from the count. First- through third-ranked candidates marked in parentheses.

New Zealand
Jim Anderton 123,000
Larry Baldock 4,930
Helen Clark 1,050,000 (1)
Peter Dunne 151,000
Taito Phillip Field 13,200
Jeanette Fitzsimons 65,900
Rodney Hide 65,800
John Key 220,000 (2)
Andrew McKenzie 54,700
Kay Murray 11,500
Russel Norman 37,200
Winston Peters 196,000 (3)
Pita Sharples 19,600
Tariana Turia 39,300

USA
Chuck Baldwin 275,000
Bob Barr 780,000
George W. Bush 56,200,000
John McCain 39,600,000 (2)
Cynthia McKinney 819,000 (3)
Barack Obama 62,900,000 (1)

UK
Gerry Adams 645,000
Gordon Brown 11,700,000 (1)
David Cameron 3,160,000 (2)
Nick Clegg 370,000 (3—see notes)
Mark Durkan 51,100
Reg Empey 38,500
Nigel Farage 69,900
David Ford 618,000
Robin Harper 36,800
Alison Johnson 4,510
Ieuan Wyn Jones 41,300
Dawn Purvis 5,260
Peter Robinson 1,310,000
Alex Salmond 352,000
Linda Smith 508,000

Australia
Bob Brown 1,010,000 (3—see notes)
Steve Fielding 24,800
Brendan Nelson 283,000 (2—see notes)
Kevin Rudd 2,570,000 (1)
Warren Truss 73,900

   One could do a similar measure using national leaders as a proxy for global influence.
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That's very interesting - and confirms my theory that John McCain is just under four times as interesting as Gordon Brown.

By the way I had my banking done by Samantha Powell - she's awesome!  
Amazing, isn’t it, to be served by Miss New Zealand?!
   A few more figures to sink your teeth into, Matt, this time on foreign leaders. I putin Putin as well to compare him with Medvedev—the president whose name Hillary Clinton calls ‘Or whatever’.

56,200,000 George W. Bush
18,200,000 Nicolas Sarkozy
11,700,000 Gordon Brown
8,370,000 Vladimir Putin
8,260,000 Angela Merkel
7,940,000 Silvio Berlusconi
4,160,000 Pervez Musharraf
3,840,000 Luiz Inácio
3,780,000 Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
3,590,000 Hu Jintao
3,550,000 Felipe Calderón
3,190,000 Lech Kaczynski
2,600,000 Hamid Karzai
2,570,000 Kevin Rudd
2,410,000 Stephen Harper
2,310,000 Manmohan Singh
1,500,000 Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
1,050,000 Helen Clark
936,000 Fredrik Reinfeldt
743,000 Yasuo Fukuda
667,000 Nuri al-Maliki
601,000 Dmitry Medvedev
367,000 Ma Ying-jeou
259,000 Umaru Yar’Adua
69,800 Fakhruddin Ahmed  
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