05/02/2007 - Heading into their first debate Thursday evening, what Republican candidates for the presidency need most is to gain visibility. The latest News Interest Index survey finds that two Democratic candidates - Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama - continue to be far and away the most visible, even to Republicans.
When asked to name the candidate they've heard the most about in the news lately of Americans, 41% of Americans volunteered Clinton and another 23% named Barack Obama. Mentions of all other candidates - including leading Republicans - were in single digits: 4% or fewer named John McCain, Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney or John Edwards. The overall visibility of the candidates is virtually unchanged from a month ago.
Even among Republicans, Clinton and Obama overshadowed the other candidates. A majority of Republicans say they have heard the most about Clinton (38%) or Obama (22%) in the news recently. Just 8% of Republicans say Giuliani has been the most visible candidate recently, 5% cite McCain, and 2% Romney. Little has changed from a month ago, when 8% of Republicans were hearing most about Giuliani, 6% McCain, and less than 1% Romney. Overall, just 16% of Republicans say they have heard the most about a GOP candidate, while 64% name a Democratic candidate.
Read the full report News Interest Index Survey Finds GOP's Candidates In Need of Visibility on the Pew Research Center Web site.