Survey: 18 percent of Americans know what Max Baucus does

A new survey shows that only 18 percent of Americans know what Sen. Baucus (D-Mont.) does in  regard to healthcare.

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.

Pew conducted the quiz from Oct. 1-4, before the Senate Finance Committee voted to pass healthcare reform legislation out of committee.

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