(CNN) - Political junkies keeping track of the GOP presidential horserace probably know the candidates by first name only: Mitt, Rick, Michele and so on.
But a new Pew Research Center survey finds only small percentages of Americans can name any of the 2012 Republican candidates. When asked to name a person running for the nomination, only 28% identified Texas Gov. Rick Perry, 27% named former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and 15% identified Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann.
All of the other candidates got results in the single digits. Forty-seven percent of Americans couldn't name any candidate for the 2012 GOP nomination.
Those numbers are far lower than when the name question was asked in October 2007. At that time, 45% of respondents named former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani as a candidate, while 30% identified Romney and 27% named then Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson. In that survey, 41% of respondents couldn't name a candidate.
Among Republicans voters, name recognition is slightly higher. Sixty-six percent of Republican and Republican leaning voters could name a candidate. Perry and Romney had the highest name recognition, each with 36% of respondents identifying them as candidates.
The poll was taken by telephone from Sept. 29-Oct. 2, and 1000 adults were surveyed. The sampling error was plus or minus four percentage points.