Washington (CNN) - The growing number of Republican presidential hopefuls face a long road to gain support and attention from their party and other Americans, according to a new poll.
Americans remain relatively unaware of the various potential 2012 GOP candidates, according to results from a Pew Research Center survey released Wednesday. The survey found that more than half of Americans cannot name a single GOP presidential candidate.
Donald Trump is currently the most outspoken and the most visible of the potential candidates. Twenty-six percent of responders tagged the real-state mogul as the most public contender.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney trails far behind.. His presidential hopes are on the radar of nine percent of Republican responders. Sarah Palin came in third at four percent. Only one percent of people said they've heard most about Newt Gingrich and Tim Pawlenty.
While 2012 GOP presidential hopefuls are being given their fair share of media attention, only 20 percent of respondents reported closely following the 2012 presidential candidates, opting to focus their attention on the disaster in Japan, the most closely followed story during the second week of April, according to the survey.
A separate poll finds that a majority of Republicans keeping tabs on the early presidential players are not yet sold on any current potential candidate. According to a New York Times/CBS News poll released Thursday, nearly 60 percent of Republican voters cannot single out a candidate they were excited about.
When asked if there was any potential GOPer they felt enthusiastic about, nine percent of Republican voters were keen on Romney. Another contender garnering a small support base of eight percent was former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Falling in third at seven percent was Donald Trump.
Huckabee was viewed most favorably by Republican voters who were asked how they felt about specific potential GOP candidates. Nearly eight in ten Republican respondents said they did not know enough about Tim Pawlenty to come up with a favorable or unfavorable view of the former Minnesota governor in the poll. Eighty-five percent of Republican respondents did not know enough about Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour to form an opinion.
The Pew poll surveyed data from the top news stories in the week of April 14-17 among 1,015 adults. It has a sampling error of plus or minus four percentage points.
The New York Times/CBS poll was conducted by telephone April 15-20, among 1,332 adults. The sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.