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. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Like anyone believes this is the first time Trump has made up his own facts to support his opinions?

    April 27, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  2. LovesIrony

    CNN, Trump is going to go after you now cause he just can't take being told he is wrong.

    April 27, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  3. Robert Cloosdoosch

    What else is Trump lying about? Where are his tax returns? He told George Sthpanoplolous he would release them when Obama released his birth certificate. What is he trying to hide?

    April 27, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  4. ed h0715

    lmao , , jees don , , do you ever tell the truth . first , crazy lies on the birth issue . now this . wow , guess he would make a perfect president . o thats right , a country cant file chapter 11 can it . sorry don , stick to the golf .

    April 27, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  5. DaveL

    Leave it to Trump to try and hype himself...This guy is an ego maniac... A big mouth... And everyone should boycott the
    products that are advertised on his NBC Show... To send a message that Americans are not idiots and that freedom of speech is a privilege not to be abused...As Trump has done by questioning for the sake of publicity the Presidents place of birth and his performance while in college. I hold the Republican Party responsible for prevented the country from moving forward and promoting these endless sideshows that do nothing to solve the issues facing the country.

    April 27, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  6. DENNA

    Hahaaa. Wow, just wow? Is the Donald cracking up or what? Mr. Trump, you are 'leading in the polls' because the election is too far off to matter to most Americans. I promise you that your name won't even be included when the presidential race gets serious.

    April 27, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  7. Paul1st

    Trump has concluded that the public is so used to manufactured news and speculation that he can blatantly make up "facts" that best support his comments at the time they are being made, even if he contradicts those "facts" later. We are all so numbed by sound bites that his strategy has a real chance to molding the public discussion.

    April 27, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  8. The Dude

    What's this? Lie # 432 from the Donald? Wake up America. Don't let this fool anywhere near the White house.

    April 27, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  9. Gothaze

    In the true fashion of a entertaiment hog. The Donald is using sweeps week to announce whether he'll give up a multi million job a year to take a mere 400k to assure that this broken country can get back to the great times of Real Estate fraud. Oh wait he's a real estate mogul and a 1%. Being President would be a win win for the Donald.

    April 27, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  10. Martha in CF

    The Trumpster is a liar!!!!!!!!! Enough said. Little does he get it that President Obama had released his birth certificate a number of years ago. So, who is the stupid one here.....Go away you proud S_B.......

    April 27, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  11. S. In California - Obama 2012

    Maybe just maybe CNN – the reason he cites you in his imaginary poll is because you give him so much unnecessary air time. Get the hint?

    April 27, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  12. witch56

    Just shows what an idiot this big blow hard is.

    April 27, 2011 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  13. rbmeritt

    That's just poetic license,kinda like what WND uses. One thing I haven't heard anyone ask him is if he becomes prez. would he offer a bailout to the gaming industry giants. As one of those giants with name recognition maybe everybody anted up their poker chips to get him to run.

    April 27, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  14. once upon a horse

    when people constantly tell LIES they can't seem to remember how to tell the truth. Trump is slowly going to get caught up in his web of decent. Problem is will his supporters get it and will he even care about the damage he's done.

    April 27, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  15. eaglesfanintn

    How about this clown hold a press conference and nobody from the press actually show up? I think his ego would not be able to handle it. Who cares what he says anyway?

    April 27, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  16. Greg Smith

    Trump refuses to be confused by facts.

    April 27, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  17. Me

    Donald Trump is truly suffering from delusions of granduer. So, now that Obama has called your bluff, Trumpy, let's see your BC and financial records. After all, you claim to be "bigger" than all the other men running out there. And we all know what you mean by bigger.

    April 27, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  18. Diane P

    He's lost all credibility, he's a complete idiot! I know his family is embarassed by his behavior, it's disgusting.

    April 27, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  19. Jay

    Fools. You are all fools. The coverage this man is getting from the media is just an insult to human intelligence. He is not running for President. He is doing what he loves doing, promoting his brand and himself.

    To the idiot executives who control the "news" outlets, please find someone worthy of coverage. Is there no one on this planet doing good that you can cover with as much attention?

    What a shame of a planet we live on. Absolute shame.

    April 27, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  20. Dave

    Trump is an idiot. He just makes things up.

    April 27, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  21. CarolO

    How long will people continue to put up with these constant lies from Trump? He also said yesterday that Obama's birth certificate was "missing" and of course that was another lie. He is making a fool of all these networks that keep graviting to him.

    April 27, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  22. Foxfan

    He may missed reading the words but CNN wrote it in their politic tickers so it was out of CNN. It doesn't matter what you say about Trump CNN, we still will vote for him because he makes senses. At lease he made BO showing his birth certificate that no one else can.

    April 27, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  23. nps

    The truth shall set you free Mr. Trump... You do know what truth is, right?

    April 27, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  24. Eric

    Trump has a problem with facts, isn't that obvious?

    April 27, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  25. JD in Moraga, CA

    "He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp posts – for support, rather than illumination." And when he can't do that, he just makes stuff up.

    April 27, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
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