As Gov. Martin J. O’Malley mulls over a run for president in 2016, a new Gallup Poll suggests he faces a significant challenge—a vast majority of voters nationally have never heard of him.
The poll, released Friday, notes that 69 percent of those surveyed said they had not heard of the two-term Maryland governor. Another 15 percent said they had heard of him but had no opinion.
The poll places O’Malley dead last in a field that includes Hillary Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
Clinton lead the pack with 84 percent of those polled saying they had heard of her followed by Biden, Cuomo and Warren with 65 percent, 39 percent and 38 percent of Democrats saying they had heard of the respective candidates.
“Martin O’Malley is finishing his second term as governor of Maryland, having been elected in 2006 after eight years as the mayor of Baltimore,” the poll notes. “While he counts as a success signing same-sex marriage into state law in 2012, O’Malley has not gained much traction with the American public.”
The poll goes on to note that Clinton and Biden “enjoy high familiarity and high favorability ratings with Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents.”