Humor columnist Dave Barry calls himself the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, but a statewide poll indicates he's hardly a household name, even in Florida where his household is situated.

The poll of 843 voters released Wednesday found that Barry, 43, who writes for The Miami Herald that is syndicated in the Deseret News, is less well known than former Massachusetts Sen. Paul Tsongas, the only announced contender.Four out of five respondents had no clue who Barry was, and only 2 percent identified him as a "humorist."

Barry finished dead last in recognizability among 15 potential Democratic candidates.

"This is more of a strategic move on my part. I'd rather be obscure now and really famous later," Barry said in an interview in Thursday's Miami Herald. "Now that I appear in a poll, do I get Secret Service protection?"