March 9, 2012
Despite mounting concerns about privacy following the recent consolidation of about 70 or so policies, Google is far and away the dominant search engine. As a part of its Internet and American Life Project, Pew on Friday released a report about search engines, putting Google at the top of the heap, used by 83 percent of those polled by the organization.
To gather its results, Pew conducted phone interviews with 2,253 Americans age 18 and older.
It found that Google’s not-so-close second is Yahoo, which is claimed by a miniscule 6 percent of users. Pew last asked about people’s preferred search engines in 2004, and since then Google has made major gains, jumping from 47 percent. Yahoo, by contrast, has fallen significantly from its 26 percent share eight years ago.