Google reveals the questions most asked about the US presidential candidates

People want to know about height, age and money

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Google has released the most asked questions about US presidential candidates - revealing that people want to know the age of Hillary Clinton, the height of Jeb Bush and Donald Trump’s net worth.

Those were among the top questions that the Internet search engine was asked about each candidate over the past couple of months, the Associated Press said.

The data, which is being released by Google this year for the first time during a presidential campaign, gives a unique insight into what voters are thinking about that is different from what traditional pollsters provide. And shortly after Google first released questions posed about each candidate, Republican Marco Rubio's campaign released a video in which he answered some of them.

Google gets some three billion search requests each day and is beginning to see the value of compiling that information. For instance, conventional pollsters badly missed the breadth of David Cameron and his Conservative Party's victory in the British elections this spring. Google did not necessarily predict it either, but picked up an intriguing increase in the amount of questions people were asking about the Conservatives in the days before voting, said Simon Rogers, data editor for Google's News Lab.

The AP said that in addition to height, age was also a popular query. Two of the top four questions about New Jersey’s Christie related to how much he weighed and how much weight he had lost.

Before he shot up in the polls late in the summer, putting himself face to face with Donald Trump, voters simply wanted to know: “Who is Ben Carson?”

After questions about her age and height, searchers asked about Ms Clinton: “What did Hillary do wrong?”

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