My guess, though, is that more people could answer question number 2 than question number 1 -- and my further guess is that this tells us some small something about the presidency of the United States.
Google offers the world a way to take mankind's intellectual temperature. Using its Trends tool, we can see what people are searching for information about in near real-time. Over the course of the 24 hours ending on Tuesday at 5 p.m., here's how much people were searching for John Kasich, subject of question 1, and Donald Trump, subject of far more questions than that.
For one brief moment, after an enormous struggle, John Kasich lifted his head above water. He gulped in air, admired his first unblurred view of the bright sun of public interest -- and then was once more overwhelmed by one of Donald Trump's waves of Trumpness.
This is the two-term governor of one of the most populous and competitive states in the country, declaring his intention to run for president. But only for a brief period of time were more people interested in finding out more information about him than they were in Googling Donald Trump.
On August 6, the Republican party will hold its first sanctioned debate. Only the people holding the ten highest positions in an average of the five most recent national polls get to participate. As of now, that means the stage will look like this.
Kasich is out. Trump is in. Very much in. As we pointed out on Tuesday, Kasich needs a healthy jolt to boost him in the polls. How is that supposed to happen if he's spending most days swallowed up by Trump's murky ocean?
Same goes for Rick Santorum, Rick Perry and Bobby Jindal. Below are the last 30 days of search interest for them, Trump and Kasich. Only Jindal is even distinguishable, thanks to the bump he got from his announcement. Not that it did him much good; he's still mired in the lower tier of the debates.
It's not only the lower tier that's getting drowned out, either. Even the other front-running candidates -- Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Marco Rubio and Rand Paul -- aren't seeing much search interest compared to the real estate guy.
When Fox announced the guidelines for its debate, it seemed likely that people on the cusp of making it would do everything in their power to get a bit of attention that could result in a one- or two-point jump in the polls. They still may. But so far, a non-Trump Republican trying to get attention from the public is a bit like trying to empty the Atlantic Ocean with a garden hose. If you can make it happen, you've accomplished something pretty spectacular.