The whole "guess how little the average citizen knows about politics!" game is always a classic, if also pretty reliably disheartening. And a new series of small polls taken by the Observer is just that, indicating that if recognition were the only factor, Anthony Weiner would be winning the mayoral race by a long shot.
In spite of a series of arguably disastrous public appearances since officially announcing his candidacy (and the fact that other polls show him at second place in the race behind Christine Quinn), Weiner seemed to be the most widely recognized of any of the mayoral candidates, for reasons we sort of assume you can piece together yourself. In one of the Observer's surveys, 55 percent of participants were able to recognize Weiner, as opposed to 50 percent for Quinn, or a brutal 15 percent for Bill de Blasio. Then again, a separate poll also indicated that 55 percent of people found themselves totally unable to name any mayoral candidates whatsoever.
So, other than the above photo and the promise of 4 years worth of headlines filled with Weiner puns, the picture painted here is sort of a stark one, especially when it comes to longer shot candidates (many of whom weren't recognized at all by members of their target demographics), or the one guy who recognized de Blasio as "Sirius Black." Can't we at least do a little better than this?
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