Mittens for President? 2% of Voters Think That's Romney's Real First Name

The 2012 presidential race already got ya down? Well maybe this will help: Every time you see Mitt Romney on TV, think to yourself, "Why look, it's ol' Mittens Romney!" Not only does that sound warm and cuddly -- it's what 2% of Americans believe to be the candidate's real name, according to a recent poll.

The 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll found that only 6% of U.S. voters know Mitt Romney's real first name, Willard. I can understand not getting that question right -- Mitt isn't an obvious nickname for Willard. But some of the answers are pretty hilarious:

20%: Mitt (A reasonable guess.)

18%: Mitchell (OK, sure.)

8%: Milton (Fine...)

2%: Gromit (What?)

2%: Mittens (Oh come on.)

Here's some analysis from the Atlantic Wire's Dino Grandoni:

Romney needs more people to like him, and the Internet has clearly demonstrated people's love of cats. They also like pranks, so maybe this is the 2 percent of the public that likes giving funny answers to pollsters. Or it may be evidence of the (modest) success of Gawker writer Jim Newell's aggressive campaign to advance the nickname when he was at Wonkette. Whatever the deeper meaning, Mittens makes for certainly a better animal association than newt-like Newt Gingrich does.

Mittens for president! And by that I mean this cat. (He plays fetch! What more do we need in a leader?)

AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at January 4, 2012, 7:11am

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