Dec 28, 2017

Trump's wild first year of the presidency in one chart

The Google News Lab looked at the search trends for some of the biggest news events of Trump's presidency from Jan. 20 through Dec. 20. You can see how we've all jumped from one four-alarm news fire to another:

Data: Google News Lab. Get the data; Chart: Lazaro Gamio / Axios

Why it matters: The study shows that while Trump's presidency has been action-packed, the public's attention span doesn't seem to last for long.

The visible spikes of increased Googling on a topic indicate that Trump-related news captures the public's interest, but that attention quickly fizzles out or is captured by the next bombshell report or firing. Only a few issues have more steady interest over time.

The most searched for topics of the list:

  1. The Virginia election on Nov. 8
  2. Trump and the NFL on Sept. 24
  3. Trump and the NFL on Sept. 25
  4. George Papadopoulos on Oct. 30
  5. Affordable Care Act repeal on May 4

Go deeper: The best Axios data visuals from 2017

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The road to Trump's impeachment

Trump and Zelensky shake hands during a meeting in New York in September. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

In six months, a phone call between President Trump and Ukraine's president escalated into a full-blown crisis that is culminating in Trump's impeachment.

What's next: Assuming the House approves articles of impeachment later tonight, Trump will face a trial in the Senate next month — which is likely to end in his acquittal, since Senate Republicans have already been openly dismissive about the merits of the case against him.

Go deeperArrowDec 18, 2019

2019 stock market gains still leave Trump behind his predecessors

Data: FactSet; Chart: Axios Visuals

The S&P 500 has jumped 42% under President Trump — according to market data from the inauguration through 2019's final day of trading.

Why it matters: Trump uses the stock market's surge as a barometer of his presidency's success — one that, along with the 50-year low unemployment rate, he's sure to continue to tout as the 2020 election approaches — but the gains under him lag those under former Presidents Barack Obama, when stocks rebounded from the lows of the financial crisis, and George H.W. Bush.

Increased viewership ups the stakes for the NFL's broadcast rights

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Viewership of televised NFL games was up 5% to 16.5 million for the 2019 regular season, its second consecutive annual increase of 5%.

Why it matters: The rebound in viewership from previous two years will give the NFL higher leverage when negotiating new distribution deals with media partners.

Go deeperArrowJan 7, 2020 - Sports