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Americans Unfamiliar With Bernanke

53% Have No Opinion of Federal Reserve Chairman

When Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke speaks, financial markets tremble. In recent weeks, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) has fallen hundreds of points in response to the new Chairman’s comments on the state of the economy. Despite this outsized impact, the Fed Chairman is largely unknown to the public at large. Just 11% of Americans know enough about him to have a strong opinion one way or the other (6% very favorable, 5% very unfavorable). Another 36% voice some opinion about Bernanke (24% somewhat favorable, 12% somewhat unfavorable).

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