Google searches from people in the U.S. looking for information on how to move to Canada have surged since Donald Trump’s Super Tuesday performance south of the border.
Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton were the big winners on Super Tuesday, taking a step closer to landing the nomination from their respective parties. But while the candidates were no doubt celebrating their electoral achievements, it seems that the rest of the country was a little more apprehensive.
According to Google Data Editor Simon Rogers, searches for “how to move to Canada” surged by 350% in the hours following Trump’s win.
Searches for “how can I move to Canada” on Google have spiked +350% in the past four hours #SuperTuesday
— Simon Rogers (@smfrogers) March 2, 2016
At one point the search skyrocketed to a 1,150% increase, according to journalists at Mashable.
— Brian Ries (@moneyries) March 2, 2016
In fact, so many Americans have been searching for an escape to our home and native land that the government’s immigration website started to experience problems, and still boasts an error message warning of delays while using the website.
This of course isn’t the the first time that Americans have threatened a mass exodus. There was similar outcry on social media in 2012 when the U.S. Supreme Court looked set to scupper the ObamaCare law, as well as in 2004 when George W. Bush’s election for a second term prompted similar threats from disgruntled voters.