In case you're wondering, what makes me think someone didn't configure spam bots to search for Ron Paul on the internet? If they did that, they wouldn't only have done it on Google, they would have done it on Yahoo as well. Obviously, Yahoo was not spammed with keywords "Ron Paul" as of this current date, or Ron Paul would likely be in the number one position for their top searches.
Last but not least, one more way to show you that Ron Paul's Popularity is not inflated is through another third party source, Alexa. It ranks the popularity (or traffic) of websites across the globe for analysis. When I compared some of the top US 2008 Presidential Candidates websites, Ron Paul came out way on top of the other candidates. You may say that Ron Paul supporters could be sending fake traffic to his website (via automated web bots). That would be highly unlikely, considering most web bot programmers are family with the web and know sending fake traffic to a website could over load it and make it slower. Supporters aren't going to want his website slow or broken. So here is my last piece of current evidence that Ron Paul's popularity is NOT inflated.
Click Image to Enlarge (Ron Paul's line is the golden line)