Trump scores big
April 6th, 2011
07:36 PM ET
4 years ago

Trump scores big

Washington (CNN) - Real estate mogul Donald Trump received some good news Wednesday if he chooses to run for the White House in 2012.

According to the NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, "the Donald" and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee tied for second place with support from 17 percent of likely Republican primary voters, falling behind former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney with 21 percent. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin trailed with 11 percent and 10 percent respectively.

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour received less than 10 percent.

Among self described Tea Party supporters questioned in the survey, the "Celebrity Apprentice" star finished first with 20 percent, followed by Romney with 17 percent, Huckabee with 14 percent, Palin with 12 percent and Gingrich with nine percent.

The NBC/WSJ survey was conducted between March 31 and April 4, with 1,000 people questioned by telephone. The poll had a sampling error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.


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  1. Republican Robber Baron

    The real question is Don that good...or are the rest of the GOP contenders that bad? Even Pill-popper Limbaugh admits the GOP pack is lousy for 2012.

    April 6, 2011 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  2. Aaron

    Trump and Newt should run together. They could share a mistress and save money for the taxpayers.

    April 6, 2011 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  3. LouAZ

    Seems the Repub/TPers are getting very good at rearranging the deck chairs on their Titanic. Of course the Donald has his own gold plated lifeboat, Huckabbe keeps muttering about some fisherman that he thinks will save him, Romney thinks aliens will save him, Marrying Newt is too bloated to sink, and Sarah thinks she can walk on water. You betcha !

    April 6, 2011 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  4. Henry Miller

    Trump to all Democrats: You're fired!

    April 6, 2011 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  5. T'sah from Virginia

    I guess 17% of the American people will watch his show beginning in June!!! I wonder if that's enough to keep his show on the go – I don't think so because NOW – he represents the far-right of Americans and that will be all that engage in his show!!!

    DANG – that means he just might run for President in his own reality show – starring TRUMPet – directed by TRUMPet and produced by TRUMPet!!!

    April 6, 2011 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  6. Russ

    These polls are totally worthless, but I guess the good thing is, this would put Trump about 20 % points behind Obama. So whatever!!

    April 6, 2011 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  7. Indy

    Trump the Chump has more Chins then a chinese phonebook, he should pay a 25% import tax on all those chins. Thank goodness trump has no appeal beyond his base and will never EVER be President.

    April 6, 2011 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  8. Joe Gerken

    Donald Trump? president? just how dumb is the American electorate?

    April 6, 2011 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  9. ted

    just another irrevelant delusional rightwing lunatic. his only issue so far is he wants to be a birther. But that is OK. Donald is a moron.

    April 6, 2011 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  10. Shawn

    Wow, Republicans are seriously, truly in deep you-know-what. Donald Trump? DESPERATE. This is going to by a hysterical primary season that will lead to Obama's landslide victory rivaling Ronal Reagan's in 1984. Bring it on.

    April 6, 2011 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  11. Jim

    And I was worried America might elect a Republican. Why are Republicans jumping at the chance to vote for lunatics? Do they really think real Americans want the country run by nut cases.

    April 6, 2011 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  12. Palin Power

    The Donald will not win in 2012! Sarah Palin will easily PWN him in the GOP Primaries and she will become our next and greatest President of all times!

    April 6, 2011 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  13. OneMoreTime

    Twenty percent of 1,000 self described tea partiers may be a big win in his mind, but pathetic in the scheme of things.
    His popularity is entirely due to his screeching birther comments, which he will again do tomorrow on the Today show.
    I saw a preview, and dislike him more every day. Look at that picture, sitting on his black throne, grinning like a
    chessie cat. If the republicans accept these people, any one of them, they are lost. They have several viable
    possible candidates, that could bring class back to this party, but they are feeling so powerful they will destroy
    anyone who goes against anything they want, and they will take America down with them. I read an article by
    CNN's Dan Gilgoff regarding the effects of the census on voting and it is his consensus that Democrats will have
    a hard time electing a President due to the new electoral map. Sadly, I am afraid he is right unless those who
    want a reasonable President, one who is willing to compromise and work for the people wake up and smell the
    coffee. The tea is rancid.

    April 6, 2011 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  14. The Real Tom Paine

    Does anyone remember Fred Thompson's candidacy, and how that was supposed to shake things up in 2008?

    'Nuf said.

    April 6, 2011 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  15. Randy, San Francisco

    The poll numbers suggest 30 to 40 percent of GOP/Tea Party state of mind resides in fantasy land.

    April 6, 2011 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  16. John

    It's still a mystery to me why Palin get ANY percent of support! Surely by now... everyone must know there's "NO BEEF."

    April 6, 2011 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  17. usualone

    Used to think he was somewhat intelligent until he questioned the President's birth place, when enough information has been out there to support the birth place of the President. He also has lost monies in business deals so he isn't everything he says he is. We have P.T. Barnum back in our lives and he's got his followers, the Tea Party group, following this piper.

    April 6, 2011 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  18. once upon a horse

    personally I think the joke is on the media....Trump is getting ALL the attention that he wants and loves, even though it might be hurting the image of the Republicans. well at least the reasonable ones that want to distance themselves from the birther wackos. Trump will NOT get the RNC nomination and I doubt if he'll really run for president. Trump could not win an argument with Rosie O'Donnell less known win the nomination. But this just shows how weak the GOP field for 2012 so far is. I once kind of liked and respected Donald Trump, after this stunt I lost ALL respect for him.

    April 6, 2011 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  19. Namepopeye

    Could be worse

    April 6, 2011 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  20. MiddleOfTheRoad

    "Among self described Tea Party supporters questioned in the survey, the "Celebrity Apprentice" star finished first with 20 percent"

    How can anyone take these Tea Party nuts seriously?

    April 6, 2011 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  21. Steve Jackson

    Trump getting support from the tea-party could hurt you in a lot of ways look what they helped get in governor of WI OH Maine &other government office against American rights

    April 6, 2011 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  22. rusty155

    Donald Trump Is just a loud mouth IDIOT. he file for bankrupt more thing than any body else In America. He just a big crook and we don't need any body like that to be President. Beside he would bankrupt America ,that the only good thing he does right.

    April 6, 2011 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  23. Mike in Corpus

    Good, he should select Palin as his running mate. When they get thumped, Boehner can bring the crying towels.

    April 6, 2011 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  24. Clwyd

    I'm not surprised that the republicans would this man that is so rich, so opinionated and so divisive that he fits their idea of what they want their president not be, Not I. With all his money and bankruptcies he has not one clue how the average American lives or tries to live. Now all this birther garbage again! Like all the republicans he can run and they won't get anywhere! Even with all their money!

    April 6, 2011 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  25. CBR

    Mr. Trump has money and he probably has some power in the business world but I do not think he has the ability to work with others. Can he withstand an in-depth look at his life. Some will question his ethical behavior. He will do or say anything to gain power.

    It would be difficult to respect this man and very hard to listen to him. He hires and fires on a whim. No one would be good enough to be in his cabinet!

    April 6, 2011 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
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