In a race to be the first to take advantage of next year’s political Bing managed to be the first to launch 2016 election-related search results. In their search results, you’ll find a variety of voter resources, including presidential candidate pages, a timeline for the upcoming election events and the new Bing Political Index (BPI).
When you search on election topics, you’ll see in-depth candidate pages coupled with a unique tool called the Bing Political Index. This is the first of several 2016 election experiences we plan to bring you this year.
–Bing Search Blog
If you search on Bing for “206 elections,” “presidential election” and “presidential race,” you’ll get the following “Election 2016” box. Here, users will be able to click on the “Bing Political Index,” “Candidates” and “Timeline” without having to leave the search results page.
Bing says that the new political index was built by the Bing Predicts team, and will offer insight on a candidates’ platform based on search and social data, as well as with analysis from Ontheissues.org.
“BPI assigns a candidate score and a public score for ten of the key issues that shape the 2016 election cycle: education, environmental issues, tax reform, abortion, gun control, immigration reform, drug policy, LGBT rights, healthcare and Social Security,” explains the Bing Search blog.
According to Bing, the information found on the BPI is dynamic and will be updated monthly to reflect where each of the candidates stands. There is a “My BPI” survey that users can check out that will determine which candidate most closely aligns with their political views.
Finally, the Bing 2016 election timeline tracks any upcoming events, such as debate dates, as well as the primary voting schedule and other election milestones.