41% Can't Name a GOP Hopeful

But 81% remember a Democratic name
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 24, 2007 6:14 PM CDT
The GOP presidential candidates debate In Florida. A new Pew poll found that 41% of Americans can't name a single Republican presidential hopeful, while 78% of Republicans were more than passingly familiar...   (Getty Images (by Event))
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(Newser) – At least the GOP presidential candidates can rest assured some voters haven’t heard about abortion rights flip-flops or serial divorces: A new Pew poll found only 59% of Americans can even name a Republican hopeful. But unfortunately for Norman Hsu and expensive haircuts, fully 81% of Americans could remember a Democratic name, Salon reports.

In even worse news for Republican publicity, 78% of their party knew Hillary Clinton’s name, while only 57% of GOPers knew Rudy Giuliani was in the race. Overall, John Edwards, Mitt Romney, Fred Thompson, and John McCain were recognition stinkers, each one a household name to less than one-third of the public.