Over the years I developed the impression that Google was left leaning. I am currently researching the presidential candidates, specifically Michelle Bachman using Google for this example. I have heard that Michelle was being hit hard by the left. Not as hard as Sarah Palin. In “Googling” Bachmann I find I have to go 3, sometime 4 screens deep to find sites that I am comfortable with the thought that they might be unbiased. I know the internet search sites use a formula to prioritize presentation of the search results, usually by number of visits. I find it difficult to believe that there are so many more liberal researchers than conservatives on the internet.

With the current political climate I expected more artillery fire from the left at the conservative candidates. The results I am getting from Google convince me that there is a custom search algorithm for conservatives/Republicans in the Google search. When I go to Yahoo search I get a mixed bag of search results on the first page. I am not suggesting that you drop Google for Yahoo.  I am saying you will have to look hard to find unbiased political search results on Google. And it will get worse as the 2012 elections approach.

Other search engines that are available for free:  http://www.freeality.com/

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Comment by amanda choate on August 3, 2011 at 12:04pm
Besides Yahoo uses Google and Bing is copying Google's searches. The more precise you are in your Google searches the better results. The worst part is replicated results.
Comment by amanda choate on August 3, 2011 at 12:02pm

I just "googled" 'Bachmann", here are the results;

1. Bachmann Trains- a place to buy trains

2. Bachmann- Wikipedia entry

3. Bachmann for President

I don't think Google is anything but algorythms designed to produce a result that the searcher is most likely trying to obtain. They are a giant cash register, that cash register is red state or blue state, it is about the green. And that Google does very well.

Comment by Karen M on August 3, 2011 at 11:43am


Have you tried www.startpage.com?    Debbie recommended to me.

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