Poll Shows That Many Americans Are Unfamiliar With Top Government Officials

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Poll shows that many Americans are unfamiliar with top government officialsA recent survey reveals that many Americans are not well-informed about some of the major players in the Federal government and legislature.

More than 50 percent of those surveyed in a new Harris Poll said that they did not know enough about five prominent political figures to give a positive or negative review about their job performance. Those officials are Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Chief Justice John Roberts, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and House Minority Leader John Boehner.

The majority of individuals had a negative opinion about both the Democratic and Republican members of Congress. Only one politician, Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, had substantial positive reviews. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi fielded the worst feedback, with 52 percent of negative and only 19 percent of positive opinions.

Vice President Joe Biden received 46 percent negative reviews and 26 percent positive.

Harris Interactive, the custom market research firm that conducted the poll, believes that the survey suggests that many people hold strong views about government officials without actually following the proceedings. The company said that the negative ratings for the top leaders reveal an overall sour mood about the current state of American politics.

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