MSNBC: Top Trending Google Questions About Hillary Clinton Include Her Possible Prosecution

January 17, 2016

Questions about Hillary Clinton’s involvement in a myriad of scandals have dominated Google in the hours before the NBC Democratic debate, MSNBC reported Sunday.

Daniel Sieberg, a senior marketing manager at Google, said that the most popular questions about Clinton pertain to the Benghazi scandal.

"With Hillary Clinton we see things like, ‘Will Hillary Clinton get prosecuted?’ Questions around the Benghazi hearings," Sieberg said.

The top question, according to Google Trends, was whether Clinton would be prosecuted. The second most searched question doubted whether Clinton would be nominated, and the third inquired how she broke the law.

The questions surrounding Bernie Sanders, in comparison, pertain to his popularity, success, and age.

"So for example, with Bernie Sanders, they ask things like, ‘Why is Bernie Sanders so popular?’ ‘Can Bernie Sanders win?,’ and of course, ‘How old is Bernie Sanders?" Sieberg said.

Clinton has been embroiled in a variety of scandals before and during her run for president, including an ongoing investigation into her use of a private email server to send classified information as secretary of state. Questions also surround the Benghazi scandal that followed a 2012 attack on the U.S. embassy in Libya, after which some argued that Clinton did not adequately protect U.S. officials there. Her husband has also faced an infamous sex scandal, as well as rape accusations.

As a result of her history, Clinton has consistently shown low numbers for trustworthiness and honesty among voters. A December poll revealed that sixty percent of voters do not see Clinton as honest and trustworthy.