Policy: Economy

Larry who? Most Americans in the dark about possible Fed pick Summers

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Larry Summers or Janet Yellen?

That’s a question that has consumed Washington as President Obama mulls his selection for the next chairman of the Federal Reserve.

The rest of America? They don’t care so much.

A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found that 69 percent of respondents either didn’t recognize Summers’ name or didn't have an opinion of him.

More than half of those who are familiar with Summers had a neutral opinion of him.

Summers, who has become a lightning rod in Washington, might not mind the lack of attention from outside the Beltway. And it’s hardly unique for somebody in his position.

The same poll found that 45 percent of people still don’t know who Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is or have an opinion about him.

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