CONFUSED voters have taken to Google to discover facts about politicians – ranging from their marital status to whether Theresa May has a TATTOO.
Analysts monitored Google data for the past year to discover what British web users are most interested in finding out about the nation’s high profile politicians.
Finding out more about who they’re voting for didn’t always mean their political beliefs for some voters though, with searches including “Does Theresa May have a tattoo” and “Is Nicola Sturgeon’s hair real?”
Voters also wondered whether Theresa May is related to legendary Queen guitarist Brian May, and if Nick Clegg is Dutch.
There was also confusion over what job the Chancellor Phillip Hammond actually does.
Top searches included “What does Phillip Hammond do?” and “Is Phillip Hammond still Chancellor?”
Shockingly, the only female politician in the sample who had her political beliefs searched by Google users was the Prime Minister.
Instead, searches about female politicians focused on their marital status, with Home Secretary Amber Rudd, Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry and Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood amongst those who voters were keen to find out about.
Steve Roberts of Online Spy Shop, who conducted the survey, said that he believed politicians should be as cautious as anyone else when it came to the data and information they shared online.
“Without giving ideas to people, it’s surprisingly easy to get hold of an individual’s private information online, especially if they use social media or blogging platforms, which many politicians do.
“The volume of searches made about politicians that suggest this is what people are looking for is quite alarming.
“Our advice is to turn off location services on all devices and when sharing pictures from the campaign trail or at events where people can identify their location, post them once they’ve left.”
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