All the traveling, all the media appearances and all the culture-warrior posturing don't seem to be doing Gov. Bobby Jindal any good with those who don't already know him. A CBS News poll conducted Feb. 13-17 and released last week had little good news for Jindal's nascent presidential campaign: In a field of 11 possible candidates, Jindal's familiarity rating was the lowest. Eighteen percent of respondents said they would consider voting for him for president, while 15 percent would not — but 67 percent said they didn't know enough about Jindal to have an opinion one way or the other. This mirrored a CBS poll the month before, in which 65 percent of Republicans and 63 percent of independents said they just didn't know enough about Jindal.
Meanwhile, a CNN poll released last week had Jindal once again trailing the entire field — in 13th place out of 13 candidates listed — at just 1 percent among Republicans nationwide. That poll was taken Feb. 12-15. Also last week, a Quinnipiac University poll of Iowa Republicans didn't even include Jindal's name in the list of 10 potential GOP presidential candidates. If Jindal was included in the poll, he got less than 3 percent, which was the lowest level of support registered for the 10 potential candidates listed in a report of the poll by Ron Faucheux of Clarus Research Group.
Perhaps that's why Jindal inserted himself into the flap over former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani last week. Giuliani said he doesn't believe President Barack Obama "loves America." Jindal told Time magazine, "The level of the President's love for our country is immaterial at this juncture. What President Obama has obviously demonstrated for everyone is that he is incapable of successfully executing his duties as our Commander in Chief."