Poll: Majority say they wouldn't vote for Palin or Trump
May 4th, 2011
09:04 AM ET
3 years ago

Poll: Majority say they wouldn't vote for Palin or Trump

Washington (CNN) – A majority of Americans say they would never support Sarah Palin or Donald Trump for president, according to a new national poll.

A Quinnipiac University survey released Wednesday indicates that 58 percent of the public says they would never vote for the former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, with an equal amount saying the same thing about the billionaire businessman, real estate mogul, and reality TV star.

Fifteen percent of people questioned say they are enthusiastic about Palin as a candidate and around one in four say they would consider voting for her for president. According to the poll, nine percent say they are enthusiastic about Trump as a candidate, with about a quarter saying they would consider voting for him for president.

Palin has not made any major moves towards running for the GOP presidential nomination, but says she's not ruling anything out. Trump says he'll announce by June whether he'll run for the White House.

At the opposite end of the poll are two Republicans who ran for their party's nomination in the last presidential election: Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee.

Fifty-three percent say they are enthusiastic or would consider voting for Romney, with just over one in four saying they would never support the former Massachusetts governor for president. Romney has formed a presidential exploratory committee and is expected to formally declare his candidacy later this year.

According to the survey, 47 percent say they are enthusiastic or would consider voting for Huckabee, with 32 percent saying they would never vote for the former Arkansas governor for the White House. Huckabee has not, to date, made many public moves towards launching a campaign, but his advisers push back anytime it's suggested that he won't run for president.

"It is difficult to get a handle on the 2012 Republican race. Many contenders are not well known and many who are known are not liked, making their candidacies problematic. You could call this the 'No Way' measure," says Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee are in the best shape. Sarah Palin and Donald Trump suffer from the reality that, as our mothers told us, 'You never get a second chance to make a first impression.' "

Forty-two percent say they would never consider voting for Newt Gingrich with 38 percent saying they are enthusiastic or would consider supporting the former House speaker for president.

Thirty-five percent say they are enthusiastic or would consider voting for Rep. Ron Paul, with one in four saying they would never vote for the congressman from Texas and former White House candidate.

Twenty-seven percent say they are enthusiastic or would consider voting for Rep. Michele Bachmann, with 29 percent saying they would never support the congresswoman from Minnesota.

In the battle for the GOP nomination, the poll indicates that 18 percent of Republicans and independent voters leaning Republican say they prefer Romney, with Huckabee and Palin at 15 percent each and Trump at 12 percent. Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, Gingrich, Paul have five percent each.

The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted April 26-May 1, with 1,408 registered voters questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 2.6 percentage points.


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soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. CNN watcher

    Of course we won't vote for Palin & Trump. America isn't that foregone that we'd vote for reality TV clowns / carnival barkers.

    May 4, 2011 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  2. Jilli

    Especially in light of all that has been happening lately it's abundantly clear how unqualified Palin and Trump truly are for the presidency. Yeah, they're great bomb throwers, but that nonsense doesn't provide results, just divisiveness. It's ludicrous to even consider either as serious candidates. In fact, none of the current republicans appear to be serious contenders. Obama is the adult in a room full of children playing games.

    May 4, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Somebody had to go ahead light a stink bomb in the political atmosphere and bring these two back into the picture. Just couldn't help their self. I haven't read the article because I know what will most Americans will think of these two in short order. The belong on the same ticket. The debate will be about what kind of ticket to where, for what, and how soon will it get punched.

    May 4, 2011 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  4. Doug

    Gee,"What a revelation? Theirs not a whole lot of voters out there with "A Frontal Labotamy" But of course "Theres alot of people out there with a "Bottle in front of them"?????? Beware!!!

    May 4, 2011 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  5. Obama 2012

    How is it not 100% of the American public will not vote for them. Are there really that many stupid people out there?

    May 4, 2011 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    My goodness it appears that Americans are JUST SAYING NO TO STUPIDITY in rejecting these two parasites.
    Quite encouraging. May the trend continue and extend itself to include any of the current clowns the GOP is offering up as Pretenders to the Throne.

    May 4, 2011 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  7. Michael

    Those Fifteen percent of people questioned that said they are enthusiastic about Palin as a candidate for President are nut or they are just from a different plannet.

    May 4, 2011 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  8. Just Me

    Ha Ha...Americans have awaken. They will not put another clown in the Whitehouse. Good for us. LOL

    May 4, 2011 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  9. Nothing new here

    Sarah Palin will not have my vote.
    End of discussion.

    May 4, 2011 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  10. Texas Doc

    Duh, they are losers. What is really funny is that they are the best the GOTea has to offer.

    May 4, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  11. ja

    reality check

    May 4, 2011 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  12. Roscoe

    That's worse than hearing "You're Fired!".......the hiring manager looks at you and says "I'd never even think about hiring you"

    May 4, 2011 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  13. OneMoreTime

    BECAUSE – "There's nothing more dangerous than a resourceful idiot". All fit the bill, especially Palin/Trump

    May 4, 2011 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  14. Randy, San Francisco

    Palin and Trump are unpopular with the majority of voters because they say the most absurd and outrageous things in their bid to appeal to wingnuts and Tea Party members. The lack of an appealing candidate to a majority of voters regardless of party will be the achilles heel of the GOP in 2012.

    May 4, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  15. Realistic

    Anyone who would vote for Palin or Trump are just wasting their vote. These two clowns are unable to deal with all the real issues that america faces. Palin still thinks that Africa is a country and Trump has been trumped by President Obama and his foul mouth is a disgrace.

    May 4, 2011 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  16. rusty155

    Well the both UNQUALIFIED. Donald Trump as never been In Politics be for and don't deserve to go right to the highest spot. Saran Palin Is just a Plan IDIOT, all she does Is complain, spread hate , LIE , and Is RACIST. How could some one vote foe a person to be President when she just up and QUIT on the people of Alaska. Not only that they say they were trying to kick her out of office for Ethics Charger. Beside that this woman doesn't even know what she taking about, every time she open her mouth she stick her foot In IT.

    May 4, 2011 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  17. Adalbert

    Why would anyone vote for these idiots?

    May 4, 2011 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  18. Clwyd

    With these role models in the republican party they and the party are a laughing stock! Lol Palin/ Trump 2012 Trump/ Palin 2012

    May 4, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  19. Dave

    I wouldn't be surprised if either one of these two Republican morons got elected. Remember, Bush Jr. was elected twice. Voters in this country aren't that sharp...

    May 4, 2011 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  20. Bill

    Hopefully, neither Palin nor Trump listed to or believe the polling. Hopefully both will run and will beat up each other - and the other GOP candidates - in the GOP primary. All of which will make it easier for President Obama to be re-elected.

    May 4, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  21. BlackPanthers2020

    The proof is in the pudding for all of you republican lover's...............2012 will not be a republican year !!!!

    May 4, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  22. Truth

    Their opportunity was there for one fleeting moment. Yet they failed to capitalize. Instead of presenting alternative solutions to the nation's problems their energies were directed toward self promotion and financial gain

    May 4, 2011 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  23. Rudy NYC

    They can make more money over the next 18 months feeding the peanut gallery than they could running for POTUS. A whole lot more money. If past behavior (and history) has taught us anything, it should be easy to predict what each will do. Neither one of them is running for POTUS. Both have demonstrated more interest in serving themselves than in serving the people.

    May 4, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  24. Tom

    They're leading you on to make money. Once they've made a good chunk of change, they'll walk away right before creating a committee. At least they're taking it away from other GOP contenders who would have used it in their bids.

    May 4, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  25. FM

    These news will discourage them to run. Without them the campaign will be boring. How sad!

    May 4, 2011 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
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