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Google searches for 'move to Canada' skyrocketed during the presidential debate


Oct. 1 2020, Updated 7:54 a.m. ET

If you're one of the lucky people who didn't watch the presidential debate, it was a mess. President Donald Trump, Vice President Joe Biden, and moderator Chris Wallace were constantly talking over each other. With many dubbing the debate a disaster, it makes sense that Google searches for "move to Canada" spiked during the debate.

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Google Trends, which reveals what users are searching for at any particular time, showed a massive spike in searches for "move to Canada" during the debate. Searches began to surge when the debate began and have been higher than normal ever since.

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People in Oregon, Vermont, Washington, Colorado, and Maine showed the most interest in fleeing north. Those in states further south are presumably looking for somewhere a little warmer to escape to.

If social media is anything to go by, people are pretty serious about the move. One user asked: "Who wants to live with me in Canada? Let’s split rent."

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One user asked: "Pls how can I relocate to Canada and start a new life with 6k?"

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While another added: "Aye Canada y’all got room for us?"

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Some Canadians have even offered to give away rooms to Americans. This user joked: "Giving away ONE FREE ROOM in Canada to ONE American follower! RETWEET 2 WIN! Picking one random winner on November 3rd!"

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Cape Breton Island in Canada has long offered Americans an escape from President Donald Trump. They're doing so again this year, writing on their website: "Now that you’ve had a few years to take your latest President out for a test drive, what do you think? Better than you hoped? Worse than you were expecting? Paying strippers, kids in cages, hanging out with Putin, saying climate change is a hoax every time it snows… the US President has had an eventful first term, to say the least."

"If you are still thinking about flying the coop if Donald Trump wins come 2020, I would ask that you consider Cape Breton Island. Make no mistake, it is extremely difficult to move to Canada, and this little island is no exception, but the longest journey can begin with a single click."


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