Confirming my belief that many of us (myself included) who blog, Tweet away and consume ludicrously large amounts of information live primarily in a very small echo chamber is this from the WSJ Real Time Economics blog.
A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News polls asked respondent to rate their feelings toward Mr. Summers. Some 69% didn’t recognize his name or didn’t have an opinion.
Among the rest, more than half described their attitude toward him as “neutral.” Of the 13% who actually expressed a view, it was negative by 2-to-1.
Mr. Bernanke is somewhat better known, but still 45% said they didn’t know who he was or didn’t have an opinion. That is down from 67% in September 2007, before the financial crisis hit.
Whomever President Obama chooses for the job is of little import politically. Many things can set a president’s approval ratings on downward spirals, the appointment of a Fed chair is not one of them.