Ever sit through a presidential debate and think, "Man, these candidates keep talking about the same things over and over again"?
Google Politics and Election created an infographic that examines which issues -- social, economic, trending and foreign policy-related -- have been the most talked about in the 2004, 2008 and 2012 election cycles.
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Check out the graphic below to see which ones, past and present, have been the top driving forces of conversation over the past eight years. Interesting notes: searches for "register to vote" are down compared to previous elections, while those for "gay marriage," "Afghanistan," "national debt" and "middle class" are up.
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