Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Seven (Awareness) Dwarves

While the 2011 group of potential Republican nominees may make for great television, they're not doing so well when it comes to public recognition.

A new Pew Center report finds name recognition for the Seven GOP Dwarves is not up to par compared to previous years.  Asked what candidates they can recall, 28 percent of U.S. adults managed Rick Perry and 27 percent recalled Mitt Romney.  Not great, considering at about the same time four years ago 45 percent recalled Giuliani and 30 percent Romney.  You'd think Romney would be doing better, at least in name recognition.

For Newt Gingrich fans -- good news.  Only 1 percent recalled the former Speaker of the House in October 2007.  This time around, he's up to 6 percent.  Break out the champagne, but keep it cheap.  He's still stuck in single digits.

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