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Publication | 10 June 2020

Tracking EU Citizens’ Concerns using Google Search Data - Week 02

Analysing the evolution of EU citizens’ Google searches provides timely insights on their concerns in the wake of the covid-19 pandemic.

Week 02
08-14 May 2020

  • Analysing the evolution of EU citizens’ Google searches provides timely insights on their concerns in the wake of the covid-19 pandemic. This week, the report focuses on the four largest EU countries (Germany, Italy, France and Spain).
  • ­In these countries, health-related worries about the impact of the virus began declining shortly after governments imposed lockdown measures, as citizens might have felt less exposed to the disease while at home.
  • ­Worries related to the economy (such as Government debt or Eurobonds) peaked one month after those related to health. They have now plateaued in France and Italy and are decreasing in Spain and Germany.
  • ­Following the easing of lockdown measures searches for topics related to how to cope with life at home began decreasing. Yet, the search volume remains significantly higher than pre-pandemic levels in all four countries, especially for offline activities (e.g., gardening and recipes).
  • ­Over the last week, the volume of searches about public transport (e.g., Bus and Train) increased. At the same time, EU citizens’ interest in measures to help them overcome economic difficulties, such as unemployment benefits, remains stable.
Tracking EU Citizens’ Concerns using Google Search Data - Week 02
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