A new Gallup poll is reinforcing what should be obvious but, to many in the chattering class, is not: Governor Romney is not well known nationally, and that’s why his poll numbers are lower than those of (say) Mayor Giuliani. From the Boston Globe:
Mitt Romney could take some solace from a new national poll.
While he’s running third in most national polling, the former Massachusetts governor is far less of a known quantity to Republican voters than front-runner Rudy Giuliani, according to the Gallup poll, released Thursday.
According to the poll, only 64 percent of Republicans know enough about Romney to have a positive or negative view of him, compared to 91 percent for the former New York mayor.
So the glass half-full view would be that Romney has a better opportunity than Giuliani to persuade lots of voters out there that he’s their guy.
Also worth noting, the figure for Senator McCain is 87 percent.
It’s easy to forget, but most Americans–sane people!–just aren’t tuned in to this race yet and don’t necessarily know all the main characters.