It’s too early to tell whether the historic Singapore summit could earn Donald Trump or Kim Jong-un a Nobel Peace Prize — but search results suggest people are very much interested in the two.
In the past seven days, the keywords “President Trump,” “Kim Jong-un,” and “Nobel Peace Prize” continue to trend upward in Google search queries. Worldwide, the U.S. leader tends the highest, with the North Korean leader following. In the U.S., the gap widens with President Trump showing a 100-point jump to Kim Jong-un’s 37-point increase.
The percentages, calculated in California out of searches for all three terms —“President Trump,” “Kim Jong-un,” and “Nobel Peace Prize” — 77%, 9% and 14%, respectively. In Wyoming those search percentages shift to 84%, 8%, and 8%, respectively. And in New York the queries recorded in Google Trends shift to 75%, 10%, and 15%, respectively.
Even before the summit took place, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant and many others backed President Donald Trump's nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize.
"I was proud to sign the letter supporting @realDonaldTrump for the Nobel Peace Prize,” Bryant wrote in a tweet in May. “What he has accomplished on the Korean Peninsula certainly makes him deserving."
In a letter to Norwegian Nobel Committee chairman Berit Reiss-Andersen, Bryant and six governors wrote that Trump's "firm stance against nuclearization, coupled with his willingness to engage one-on-one with Pyongyang, has succeeded in opening new avenues of cooperation, friendship and unity between the two Koreas — and the rest of the world," according to the Associated Press.
Despite the successful meeting, the deal to date is seen more as a symbolic meeting than a final accomplishment. Reuters reports that analysts remain skeptical as to how effective the agreement would be long term.