By Eli Yokley
February 28, 2023 at 5:00 am ET
Vivek Ramaswamy’s entrance into the race for the Republican presidential nomination last week has not made much of a splash, according to a new Morning Consult survey that found meager awareness and buzz about the 37-year-old entrepreneur.
Though Ramaswamy has made a name for himself in right-wing circles as a fierce opponent of corporate activism on cultural issues, the new survey suggests he is poised to have a minimal impact on the overall Republican contest.
Like Haley before him, Ramaswamy steered clear of criticizing Trump, and the former president has yet to acknowledge his bid — though he did drop a video flexing his own actions against corporate environmental, social, and governance practices and praising Republicans for “following my lead” on the issue.
If Ramaswamy is a nonissue for Trump, he also appears to be of little concern for President Joe Biden, who at this point is expected to be the Democratic Party’s 2024 nominee.
In a reflection of his relative obscurity, just 1 in 5 voters said they would support Ramaswamy in a hypothetical matchup against the incumbent president, compared with 42% who would support Biden. Biden garners similar levels of support against Haley, Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who’s inching toward a bid.
The latest survey was conducted Feb. 24-26, 2023, among a representative sample of 1,993 registered voters, with an unweighted margin of error of +/-2 percentage points.
Eli Yokley is a senior data reporter at Morning Consult covering politics and campaigns. @eyokley