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. mike

    typical republican tactic for these days.

    April 27, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  2. A Real American

    Fat Albert: Donald Trump is like an unemployed teacher.
    Weird Harold: How is Donald Trump like an unemployed teacher, Fat Albert?
    Fat Albert: No Class!

    April 27, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  3. Chas in Iowa

    Looks like Trump has the same reality issues as the remainder of the GOP. They just make up the facts as they go along.

    April 27, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  4. craig

    Hey. He's running (sorta, maybe, potentially, kinda) for the GOP. That means he's allowed to make up whatever he wishes. Remember, Sarah created those now-famous Death Panels. If you've heard one Carnival Barker, you've heard them all!

    April 27, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  5. sayer

    You think the deficit is high now? Let Donald run it into the ground just like his casinos. How do you go broke with people handing over money in your casino where the house evenutally wins??? If Donald had any black in him, he would be laughed about, not written about in the media.

    April 27, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  6. OneMoreTime

    So, show us what you've got Ticker, and call this lousy hair head on the carpet. One of your reporters could
    surely ask him two things, where's the promised financial record/tax returns, and why do you lie about
    polling? This guy has a temper that would melt a bullet, arrogance that would float every hot air balloon in
    Arizona, and an ego that does not fit the "truthiness" of his bloviations. Don't be afraid of a clown, he is too
    desperate for attention, won't answer you questions because he has no answers, and frankly, I think he
    is afraid of you, and what you might find out.

    April 27, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  7. FM

    The Donald is playing with peoples thinking capacity.

    April 27, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  8. Yeah I Know Right

    I believe either Trump is dilusional or he is secretly tryong to get Obama re-elected. Perhaps both.

    April 27, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  9. amused citizen

    must be one of those "not intended to be a factual statement" things

    April 27, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  10. Bob Dog

    With Palin fading away, its great we have "The Donald" to HUMILIATE himself every hour, on the hour. I love how the "birther" BS just blew up in his orange face!!

    "Run, Donald, run!!!"

    We need (to laugh) at you!!!

    April 27, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  11. TRUMP/PALIN 2012

    aka Dumb and Dumber

    April 27, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  12. Sgt Joe

    His ego is larger than his hair. Can he be anymore obnoxious and pompous, not to mention so wrong about so many things? This is presidential? I think not. He reminds me of No. Korea's dictator in so many ways.

    April 27, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  13. RecognizesBS

    Trump is the delusional man who has himself paged while traveling through airports. Obviously, this poll was another one of his delusions.

    April 27, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  14. Boytjie

    Well, just like Senator Kyl he does not intend to be factual.

    April 27, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  15. kelvin

    Donald turnip is a racist.name one white president who had to show his birth and college records.

    April 27, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  16. Just Me

    This Bozo The Clown needs to stop lieing, and go sit his narcisistic rear end down somewhere. Doesnt he have a business to run other than running his mouth everyday?!

    April 27, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  17. Pam

    Trump has no shame at all in lying!

    April 27, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  18. smtwnguy

    Not suprising–the poll say what ever Trumpty Dumpty says it is,its just like his finances what ever he say it is and you re supposted to believe it.I`ve got an idea–let give this GASBAG a tax break–VOTE REPUBLICAN!!!
    Now you can all go and throw up.

    April 27, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  19. kelvin

    He is in the same category as neuter gingwitch,hypocrit.

    April 27, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  20. SayWhat

    Just another member of the GOP – big on misinformation, short on facts.

    April 27, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  21. LouAz

    Like Half-Gov Palin thinking she was runniing in another Beauty Pagent, the Donald thinks he is a "contender" for the Office of President of New York. Please don't tell him there is no PONY.

    April 27, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  22. Oldie in TampaBay

    I don't know whether I am more sick of he or Palin.

    April 27, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  23. Jack in Florida

    He just makes things up!!! He should be embarrassed how he has conducted himself these past weeks........an arrogant bag of wind that he is!!!

    April 27, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  24. Margaret Goodwin

    I would like THE DONALD to just shut up! I am so sick of all the garbage being spewed from the mouths of "Birther's" I do not recall George W. Bush ever being questioned about his birth. While on the Bush subject let's get this straight. This county was put in this position by the invasion of a country where we had no right to try to force the rest of the world to be a Democracy most of the countries have lived their live the same way for centuries.
    Donald Trump is making noise re our Presidents education, give it up. The press should just ignore this stupid man.

    April 27, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  25. Beverly

    If CNN continues to lead this divisiveness and discredits the credentials of our president, a boycott campaign will be started and lead by the viewers of CNN. Now, Bush, Reagan, Carter, Clinton, or Bush II were ever disrespected as this African American president has been. This is no time to divide the country. All men are created equal. It is time for CNN, especially Anderson Cooper to stop being two-faced, and tell the truth. The president has shown nothing less than respect to the media, and now it is time for the media to recipicate. Enough of this rhetoric.

    April 27, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
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