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. Phil in KC

    When you're rich and a republican, facts are whatever you say they are. Because, in your world, no one is going to argue.

    April 27, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  2. Scott

    Your reporting of Donald Trump making something up is about as newsbreaking as "Sun rises in the East!" Why won't reporters ever just call him for what he is: a walking bull@#$% dispenser.

    April 27, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  3. mjw

    He just blatantly lies about everything. What an unscrupulous, dishonest, hateful character? He is jealous of the President and an egomiac. I do not have enough verb to describe the orange colored, yellow belly snake.

    April 27, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  4. Jskcknit

    Trump is a chump! He's only pandering to the fringe of voters that are dumb enough to believe anything people say and not research for themself. Having said that, Trump running almost certainly guarantees another Democratic victory.

    April 27, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  5. Marko

    Can you say WINGNUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 27, 2011 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  6. commonsense

    Trump, seriously, should of been a comedian. This gut cracks me up!!!

    April 27, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  7. beevee

    This guy should be ashamed of himself with all the lies he spews out just about everything. Now that his doubts about president Obama's birth place have been shot down, it is time for this liar to fade away from politics and back to his cheating real estate business.

    April 27, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  8. Biggge

    Just because U have a little money and a bad hair due does not mean U get to make up facts.....Now what are your talking points with the bither issue closed....Lets talk about Bank Fraud and Bankrupty, something Trump knows about.......

    April 27, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  9. Jay, NC

    Is it surprising??? Trump is a Habitual liar who ignores the facts and makes misleading interjection where it will be beneficial to him. He is not a presidential material, period...

    April 27, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  10. mamba

    Ha! Somebody please expose trump very much the same way palin was exposed. And to think, trump is actually claiming victory in obama releasing his birth certificate. Well played obama!!! What will trump turn to next...appealing to "the blacks" as their candidate? What a joke!!!

    April 27, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  11. manny labor

    Dump Trump

    April 27, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  12. curtther

    His show will not get renewed and if self respecting minority goes on his show will be labeled as a loser

    April 27, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  13. kingsley

    I think trump should go and focus on his skyclips and money,he can't manipulate his way to become the president of america,this is not a third world country that when u had money u can do whatever

    April 27, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  14. al in memphis

    There is a thin line between politics and comedy. Lately comedy has been driving on the wrong side of the road. And to think that there was once a term called "American Enginuity". More like we have become obsessed with idiots who can make outlandish statements and call them leaders.
    The really sad part is that people like Palin and Donald know we are stupid. In some cases willing stupid.

    April 27, 2011 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  15. tom wittmann

    May I suggest that Donald Trump marries Sarah Palin and later fight with her for the places No.1 and No. 2 of the presidential GOP ticket. Michelle Bachmann would be the expected Secretary of State and Rush Limbaugh the Press secretary.

    April 27, 2011 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  16. bobden

    As usual, trump can't be bothered to get anything right.

    April 27, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  17. Obama 2012

    Ha, this story made my day. Trump, you are a loser. You have always been a loser, and you will always be a loser.

    April 27, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  18. jim

    more made-up stories by conservatives. trump seems to excell at this "skill" of making stuff up. how anyone can think he's presidential material is beyond me. heck, even a dog catcher has to be truthful and accurate.

    April 27, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  19. egore

    Not surprising that Trump got his facts mixed up. He consistently has displayed a remarkable ignorance about a wide range of issues. Then there are the gross half-truths and out right lies, often presented as established truth. The country, and indeed the world, will be a much better place when this man is off the stage and out of the news. He adds nothing but gross stupidity and ignorance to the national debate.

    April 27, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  20. Ryan

    This man is a complete idiot

    April 27, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  21. Patty - Illinois

    You don't really think that this is the first lie that Clown Trump has ever told, do you? He would walk the wing of an airplane, but say that someone pushed him out there, if he thought it would get him some media attention. Shut up Trump, you windbag.

    April 27, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  22. russ

    Another Republican that can't get the facts straight. Just shoot from the hip and ask questions later. Great, another George Bush!!!

    April 27, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
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