As he prepares for his big announcement Monday that he is officially entering the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, Tim Pawlenty can take comfort in knowing he has higher name recognition than, say, Mitch Daniels though he's essentially tied with Rick Santorum.
According to a recent Gallup poll, the former Minnesota governor has 48 percent name recognition among Republicans, essentially tied with 47 percent for Santorum, the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania. Daniels, the Indiana governor, has 35 percent name recognition.
But the same poll showed Pawlenty with four percent support for the nomination, the same as Daniels. That's far behind Mitt Romney's 20 percent.
Pawlenty clearly has a big incline to climb. But he has time to climb it.
NPR's Martin Kaste profiled Pawlenty for The Spark, a series on the GOP presidential candidates.
We'll have more on Pawlenty Monday, the day of his big announcement. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.