Trump cites CNN poll, but CNN didn't conduct such a poll
April 27th, 2011
11:24 AM ET
3 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. Brett

    Don't confuse Teapublicans with the facts. It upsets their fragile relationship–or lack thereof–with reality.

    April 27, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  2. ...

    Please do not confuse "The Donald" with those pesky little things called facts!

    April 27, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  3. Charles

    It is a sad commentary for the United States to have a 25% "birther biggot" count in the population. It clearly demonstrates that America has not come as far as we thought in terms of racism and intolerance. Trump should be "ashamed" not proud to have associated himself with these KKK minded individuals and the so called Tea Party. He continuously demonstrates his ignorance and stupidity in full view of the entire world. It is also sad that those in the media that cover this nonsense never had the courage or integrity to address this issue for what it really was...racism and intolerance. America's "red neck mentality" is an embarrassment to us all.

    April 27, 2011 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  4. Pegasus

    Wow, Donald Trump is actually a loony tune. He wants so badly to be ahead in the mock polls against Obama that's he's beginning to believe a lie. CNN did no such poll but the Trump insists that they did. The only mock polls he may be leading in is within his own party. Trump has no way in hell of ever ever coming out on top of President Obama, mock or no mock. And if that was to ever be the case, then you best believe it would be voters within his own party. Trump doesn't stand a chance of being elected by others outside of his party. And I can say with confidence right now, most minorities will not even give him a nod. And that's whose votes he will need.

    April 27, 2011 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  5. CutTax

    Here is a poll:
    Trump is N#1

    April 27, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Surprise! He lied. His modus operandi is exposing itself. Don't worry for CNN, Trump will deny he ever said it.
    Before all is said and done, he may do more damage is business career than to any potential political career.

    April 27, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  7. Marie MD

    Bad hair lies. More proof that his ego is making him crazy.
    Maher said on the Letterman show that trumper man is getting old and this is his last chancd to run for president. Too bad that he will take nothing to reminisce about in his olc age except that he is a bigger moron than all those on the rehug loser list of wanabees who won't be! :)

    April 27, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  8. Dave

    This is not news. He most likely read the results of a poll in a CNN article and is qouting it wrong that CNN conducted it.

    April 27, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  9. skitownrefugee

    This Trumpster guy is completely confused over simple things like – a birth certificate and who took a poll. Can you imagine him as president – having to keep track of things like – where the Middle East is on the map, who's the speaker of the house, how many wars we have going at the same time and on which coast is Rhode Island located. This guy would make W look like a genius.

    April 27, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  10. chuck

    Trump is making a complete fool of himself-he no longer seems intelligent, very unsatble. And how many times was he married?????? He has about the credibility of Palin. What a delusional narcisstic mron. he he runs against OBama-It's a sure win for OBAMA 2012.

    April 27, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  11. seriously???

    Trump is the biggest piece of garbage in the news. This guy's head is so big I give it about two more days before it explodes.

    April 27, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  12. Liberal Elite = Anyone with an education...

    The Trump rejects your reality. He bought his own...

    April 27, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  13. Alicia

    Trump Has a 'Big point on china view........Why is everything being made in China why can the Americans do there own Product also We have oil why we need other country oil ............No wonder we are in so much debt.

    April 27, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  14. DJ in TX

    Do I need to say more? This guy is a clown. He's still self promoting HIMSELF vs. the country. What has he really talked about except himself and how's successful he is, how much money he has, etc. Now he's been caught in a blatant lie. Just the other day he stated his sources as saying Obama's birth certificate is "missing". Case closed. I'll be gald when the GOP dismisses this fool.

    April 27, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  15. Todd M

    Make no mistake. Trump will NOT let facts get in the way of saying what he wants you to believe.

    April 27, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  16. steve

    The so called media is a disgrace to the political debate of this country now for giving the CLOWN Trump all the oxygen in pushing this false conspiracy theories.

    April 27, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  17. Mikey

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Media seeking buffoon !!!!!!!! Good thing for him that he was born very rich. Otherwise, he would be an assistant night manager at McDonalds.

    April 27, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  18. Pat in IL

    Trump is just an immature, lying, bully. Every time he opens his mouth, he proves it more.

    April 27, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  19. C. Howe Yulikit

    How does anyone take this idiot seriously?

    April 27, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  20. mike

    lets get real the donald is trumping everyone that is out there who is willing to listen to his crap the only reason why he is doing what he is doing is for free media and money and nothing else and there is a sucker born every minute

    April 27, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  21. Rob R

    And will Trump release his tax returns now that Obama has (once again) released his birth certificate?

    April 27, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  22. Andi

    How about Donald Trump doesn't exist. Only in his own mind. Jerk.

    April 27, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  23. Richard T.

    Between "gaffs," have been "taken out of context", mispoken, denial of recorded speech or writings the GOP (all of them) have no shame. They are comfortable with falsehoods and flat out lies.

    April 27, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  24. lstro

    How anyone views this fool as anything more than a clown is a mistery to me. He has literally reduced himself to the level of a Shara Palin, pathetic.

    April 27, 2011 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  25. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Trump is trying to get away from his birther lies by creating other lies. The birther lies were nothing more than to draw attention away from the fact that his wives weren't born in the U.S. and still maintain their citizenship to their place of birth. It's one thing for Trump to talk negative about foreign policy but he can't get away from the fact he doesn't like American women enough to marry them. So shut up Trump, facts are facts.

    April 27, 2011 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
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