Google Trends: America’s Favorite Fast Food Restaurant, Nike and College Football

What is America’s Favorite Fast Food Restaurant?

Despite an influx of new fast food restaurants that promise flavor and healthy choices, McDonald’s still reigns as the most beloved fast food restaurant in the United States. According to an analysis of Google search on Google Trends, this past year, McDonald’s (blue) was the most searched fast foods in the United States, followed by Subway(red) and Panera (purple), with Chick-fil-A(yellow) and In-n-Out trailing far behind.

Fast Food Google Trends

There are only three states where other restaurant searches were more popular than McDonald’s. Subway is most popular in New York and South Dakota where the searches for it slightly surpass those for McDonald’s. Panera outperforms McDonald’s only in Virginia.

Fast Food Google Trends Map

From this graph one can conclude that the first place people search for when looking for a place to eat is McDonald’s. It is safe to say that Americans still love the old golden arches.

Nike Wins Over College Football

With college football season in full swing and the polarizing Nike controversy I thought it would be interesting to see which topic would concern people the most. According to an analysis of Google search on Google Trends, despite a small spike for the term “college football” (red) at the beginning of September, Nike (blue) tops the searches from September 3rd to the 14th.
The cause of this trend is most likely a result of the Colin Kaepernick ad campaign.On September, 4 Nike released and ad featuring the football player, which incited much debate and strong reactions.
Overall the difference seems to be only significant in that period of time following the release and searched for football rise towards the middle of the month.

Nike and College Football Graph

Quinn: MAP Grants critical for low-income students

Pat Quinn Photo
Gov. Pat Quinn talks about MAP grants at DePaul University. (Photo by Bob Smith)

Editor’s note: This story was originally posted on Dec. 12, 2012 and is housed at RedLineProject.org. It’s been repurposed with permission for this assignment:

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.

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