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GALLUP: Most Voters Can't Identify Fred Thompson

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GALLUP: Most Voters Can't Identify Fred Thompson

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A new Gallup poll reveals that former Sen. Fred Thompson would face an uphill battle in a race for president. Right now, according to Gallup, 58% of adults know nothing about him.

Four percent correctly identified him with the TV show "Law and Order"-- the same number who expressed a wish that he run for president. Another 11% identified him, correctly, as an "actor." Just 1% said he was a "conservative/true conservative" and another 1% know that he was or is a "politician."

Frank Newport, director of the Gallup Poll, notes today that Thompson nevertheless came in third behind Sen. John McCain and Rudy Giuliani in a recent Gallup survey on GOP favorites. But in the new poll, Gallup asked a random sample, "What comes to your mind when you think about former Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson?"

The results, Newport writes, "show that a large number of Republicans don't know much at all about Thompson. …

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