Janet Who? Most Americans Have Never Heard of Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen – Real Time Economics

Federal Reserve Board Chairwoman Janet Yellen testifies before Congress in February. According to a new WSJ/NBC poll, more than two-thirds of Americans have never heard of the chairwoman.
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Most Americans have not heard of Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll published Monday.

Despite the political backlash in some quarters against the Fed since the financial crisis led the central bank to take extraordinary policy actions, most survey respondents hold either a neutral or positive view of the central bank itself.

The survey showed 70% of those polled don’t know or aren’t sure who Ms. Yellen is. In contrast, just 1% had never heard of former president George W. Bush.

Of those who have heard of Ms. Yellen, 16% of those surveyed had a neutral view of her, while 6% had a somewhat positive view of her and 4% had a very positive view. Just 4% had a somewhat negative or very negative view.

When it comes to the Federal Reserve as an institution, 42% said they had a neutral view, while 30% had a somewhat or very positive view and 20% had a somewhat or very negative view. Just 8% didn’t know the name or weren’t sure what it was.


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9 March 2015 | 10:31 pm – Source: blogs.wsj.com


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