Poll: 30 percent of South Carolinians can’t identify Biden as vice president

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What does Joe Biden do, exactly?

Nearly 30 percent of adults in South Carolina have no idea, according to a poll released Wednesday by Winthrop University. 29.3 percent of adults polled in the Palmetto State could not identify the current vice president — Biden. (RELATED: Full coverage of Joe Biden)

Almost a quarter of those surveyed had no answer to the question, three percent provided the wrong name and another three percent identified Dick Cheney.

Biden has mostly stayed out of the news of late, but did received significant coverage for predicting that Democrats would take back the House of Representatives. In the last week, he has done vice presidential things: meeting with senior advisers and administration officials, stumping at campaign events and speaking in Florida on the importance of addressing the rising cost of a college education.

In the same poll, comedian Stephen Colbert ranked tied for fifth in the list of most famous South Carolina natives. He placed behind Gov. Nikki Haley, Sens. Jim DeMint and Lindsey Graham, former Gov. Mark Sanford and Rep. Jim Clyburn.

Colbert, born in Charleston, can take comfort in the fact that of those familiar with him, almost 24 percent of respondents, viewed him favorably. Colbert recently ended his exploratory committee for possibly running for president of the United States of South Carolina and since announced that his super PAC has raised over $1 million.

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