Trump cites CNN poll, but CNN didn't conduct such a poll
April 27th, 2011
11:24 AM ET
4 years ago

Trump cites CNN poll, but CNN didn't conduct such a poll

(CNN) – Donald Trump says he's leading in the polls, and he points to a CNN poll to prove his point.

"CNN did a poll recently where President Obama and I are statistically tied," Trump told reporters Wednesday morning upon arriving in New Hampshire. "If you would like, I can send it to you. Call up CNN."

CNN didn't conduct such a survey.

What Trump was most likely referring to was a Newsweek/Daily Beast poll conducted in February that CNN reported on at the time. The national survey indicated that in a hypothetical general election matchup between President Barack Obama and Trump as the GOP nominee, Obama beat Trump by only two percentage points, 43 to 41, which was well with in the survey's sampling error. At the time Trump referred to the survey as a CNN poll and did so again Wednesday in New Hampshire.

CNN conducts its own polling and also reports on surveys by other organizations.

While the Newsweek poll indicated Trump basically tied with Obama, more recent national surveys put the real estate mogul and possible Republican presidential candidate behind by double digits.

An ABC News/Washington Post poll conducted April 14-17 indicated Trump trailing the president by 13 points in a possible 2012 showdown. A McClatchy/Marist survey conducted April 10-14 indicated Trump behind Obama by 16 points. And according to a Fox News poll conducted April 3-5, Trump trailed the president by 18 points.

Those polls indicate that other possible Republican White House hopefuls, such as former Massachusetts Gov. and 2008 GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and former Arkansas Gov. and 2008 GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, both trail the president by single digits.

CNN has not conducted any hypothetical Obama-Trump general election matchup polls. But earlier this month CNN conducted a survey which indicated that Trump was tied with Huckabee for first place in the battle for the GOP presidential nomination, among Republican and independent voters who lean Republican.

One poll does indicate Trump leading the potential GOP field. A Public Policy Polling survey conducted earlier this month put Trump's support at 26 percent, nine points ahead of Huckabee, who was in second place in the poll. PPP uses a methodology which CNN, as well as other news organizations, does not consider to be reliable.

CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report


Filed under: CNN poll • Donald Trump • Polls
soundoff (122 Responses)
  1. Florida Joe

    Come on CNN don't expect The Donald to tell the truth! I thought he said yesterday that someone told him the birth cert was missing? Another lie huh Donald? Of course you don,t mention the poll where over 60% of Americans WOULD NOT VOTE FOR YOU!! Same news for the Bimbo Palin.........All Trump is doing is appealing to the uneducated under informed minority.......By the way Donald how are those ratings for your show going since you started to spew your lies??

    April 27, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  2. REG in AZ

    Truth! That is what it should be all about, the simple truth. Without the truth, then nothing can be trusted, whatever is said doesn’t mean anything ... in fact, when you know it isn’t the truth then you know it is a con and that they are only concerned with their own interests. Of course there isn’t any perfection as they all embellish, “puff their wares” and, as is made necessary by the need to compete, make their positions sound the best. Yet there is a very obvious gross dishonesty that needs to be recognized in order to avoid being manipulated, duped, taken for granted, used and abused. The trouble is that many people have predetermined biases and when given subterfuge to support those feelings, they can rationalize being loyal to what even is against their own best interests. Those perpetuating the con, the manipulators know and readily seek to use that.

    That is what we see in many presentations and in the distracting arguing over the details; being the smokescreens and distractions put up to hide the overall self-serving intent. That is what we see in the bazaar and exaggerated acting out, in the aggressive appeals to biases, prejudices and emotional attachments aimed to excite emotions, fears and self-interests and aimed to then result in swaying and controlling public opinion. Whenever that behavior is recognized it should be an automatic “red-flag” and whatever is being offered should be throughly questioned. There are some very obvious and simple examples like the “birthing” argument, like calling Obama “unpatriotic”, like claiming positions addressing problems, where bipartisan cooperation was belligerently withheld, are “socialistic” and so on. And there are more complex but still intentionally deceptive arguments, intended to mislead the public, like which budget or deficit programs honestly address the nations needs and which just seek to continue serving the needs of the few. We have also seen some really very extensive, organized and greatly financed efforts, like with the manipulation of the Christian block, with the Swift-boat propaganda and now with the Tea Party movement. A whole lot of money and effort is constantly being spent to accomplish these cons and the public would be foolish not to cautiously question things, especially when with emotions set aside it becomes obvious that the positions offered just serve the interests of the few.

    I’m not advocating that anyone just follow my political preferences but rather strongly recommend that everyone seek to know the truth and then to make their own objective and rational determination. The only way that can ever be accomplished, the only way people can feel confident their evaluation is valid is by first checking their own biases, prejudices and emotional attachments to be able to reject the creative appeals, the deceptive subterfuge, the insulting con and the intended manipulation. Hopefully the majority can accomplish that.

    April 27, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  3. ConservaFascists -aka- Mammon

    This is precisely the "multi-dimensional story telling'" Katie Couric is referring to.

    April 27, 2011 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  4. Yabba Dabba Due

    How's that restaurant coming at Jones Beach, New York, Donny?

    April 27, 2011 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  5. Hipprep83

    At what point will people stop listening to lies?

    America, you should be smarter than this.

    April 27, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  6. Realistic

    Trump making up stuff again..Say ain't so...

    April 27, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  7. Sean

    This really necessary/newsworthy?

    April 27, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  8. George Wheat

    If the President were Irish it would not matter what planet he was born let alone what country!

    April 27, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  9. George Wheat

    What a lier and a fool!

    April 27, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  10. The Real Tom Paine

    What universe were you in when CNN conducted this poll, Donald? You make Ross Perot seem well-adjusted.

    April 27, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  11. R.L. Montoya

    Trump can hide out in the same cave as Palin. Both are media whores who have no business running a country. For their rule of thumb is that "if you speak against us, we will attack you and your motives!" America has serious problems if these two are legitimate candidates.

    April 27, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  12. ja

    lying, before leaving the gate, how many ex-wives, just maybe he can be nominated

    April 27, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  13. sonny chapman

    "I hereby proclaim that water is a liquid", ergo, I am Goddddd.

    April 27, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  14. DemFL

    He has EVERYTHING wrong, he's just not right in the head! You're Fired...again.

    April 27, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  15. Bridgett

    Donald is pathic and should go away. What other President of the USA had to go to the extreme to prove his birth in the Country? I'm disappointed in Trump and I've lost respect for him. Trump now that the birth certificate has be shown I bet its still not enough to appease you.

    April 27, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  16. Sniffit

    I'm sure this was NITBAFS haha

    April 27, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  17. Al-NY,NY

    Maybe his hair got into his eyes when he read the text of the Newsweek poll. You know how those combovers are when the wind blows

    April 27, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  18. Rick

    How can someone who, day after day, makes a bigger and bigger fool of himself, have such an out of proportion ego. This guy has serious mental problems. The only thing worse than Trump would be a person who thinks he should be anywhere near any sort of elected position. Oh wait, in the USA those people actually exist, never mind.

    April 27, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  19. Nurse Lisa

    Delusional Trump believes only his own hype. Why does he warrant a daily platform?

    April 27, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  20. a little sad

    The man never lets the facts get in the way.

    April 27, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  21. Bewildered

    This is what we can expect if Trump is elected president – a fantasy world where he can make up his own facts as he tries to fool the American public.

    April 27, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  22. Gothaze

    The Donald is starting to sound like some of his PM he has fired. Blaming thier failure in someone else and back stabbing to avoid the imfamous. Youer Fired.

    April 27, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  23. Ronald Dump

    But I saw it on CNN! You mean CNN reports on news they didn't invent themselves? Bomb them flat and take their oil.

    April 27, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  24. Rudy NYC

    The Misedumacation of Donald Trump.
    That mouthful means that Trump is a product of his environment.
    Scary thought, huh? He's supposed to be a corporate CEO.
    Is he a typical CEO? If he is, he is not helping their already negative image with voters.

    April 27, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  25. shoegazer

    I guess a double digit deficit in most polls equates to a virtual tie in the Donald's eyes.Probably similiar to him equating his worth,a couple hundred million is on level to billions in the Donald's world.

    April 27, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
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