Nobody Knows Who Max Baucus Is

I’m actually a bit surprised that the public is this well-informed since I always have low expectations:

The news quiz, which was conducted by the Pew Research Center, asked respondents to identify, from a list of public officials, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee tasked with writing healthcare reform legislation. Fifty-six percent of respondents said they did not know and 18 percent chose Baucus.

Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) were chosen by 11 and 7 percent of respondents, respectively, while 1 percent selected Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Feinstein and McCain do not sit on the Finance panel.

By comparison, 40 percent of Americans know that the controversial Glenn Beck is a television and radio talk show host.


Of course on some level it doesn’t matter whether people know who Max Baucus is or not. Far less than one percent of the population actually lives in Montana and thus has some ability to hold Baucus accountable. The rest of us just live here.