CNN Poll: Does Trump have the right stuff to be president?
May 6th, 2011
11:50 AM ET
3 years ago

CNN Poll: Does Trump have the right stuff to be president?

Washington (CNN) - Most Americans don't think that Donald Trump has many of the traits they typically look for in a president - including honesty, empathy, and an ability to manage the government, according to a new national poll.

But a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Friday does indicate that the public says the billionaire businessman, real estate mogul and reality TV star is intelligent, tough enough to handle a crisis and not a typical politician. Trump has been flirting with running for the White House and says he'll announce by June whether he'll launch a bid for the Republican presidential nomination.

Eighty-two percent of people questioned in the poll, which was conducted last weekend, before the news of the killing of Osama bin Laden, say Trump is intelligent, with 67 percent saying he is not a typical politician. Fifty-seven percent say he's tough enough to handle a crisis, 51 percent say he can get the economy moving and half of those questioned say he's likeable.

But only 37 percent say Trump can manage the government, 34 percent say he's honest and trustworthy and 32 percent say he's someone they admire. Only 27 percent say Trump has the right experience to be president, 26 percent say he's in touch with Americans and 24 percent say he shares their values.

Even among Republicans, who would be the first to vote for him if he runs for the GOP nomination, he's not getting rave reviews.

"Republicans are generally considered more pro-business than Democrats or independents, but most Republicans don't admire Trump or think he has the right experience to be president, and most GOPers don't think Trump shares their values or is in touch with ordinary Americans," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

According to a CNN poll released Thursday, nearly six in ten say they have an unfavorable view of Trump. The survey also indicated that Trump trailed Obama by 22 points in a hypothetical 2012 general election matchup.

"Slightly more Americans think Trump can get the economy moving than feel that way about President Obama, but the president has a major advantage over Trump on honesty, likeability, and skills at managing the government," adds Holland.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted April 29-May 1, with 1,034 adult Americans questioned by telephone. All interviews were completed before the president announced that bin Laden, the founder and leader of the al Qaeda terrorist network and the man responsible for the 9/11 terrorist attacks, was killed by U.S. forces in Pakistan. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report


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soundoff (127 Responses)
  1. AEK

    CNN Poll: Does Trump have the right stuff to be president?

    In a word..NO!
    In, well, several words...hahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 6, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  2. Ol' Lefty

    Oh please. The Donald can't run a casino with out bankrupting it. What makes people think he can manage the government?

    May 6, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  3. shoegazer

    Surely the American populace can't be seriously taking this man as a potential presidential candidate.When,oh when will realistic political leadership finally be separated from celebrity? The dumbing-down that has been such an effective tool for the power brokers have left the general population in a state of"Lady Ga-Ga".Identifying with the likes of"the Donald",
    Ms.Palin and all that sort of ilk really reveals a sad side of the American mentality.
    ~The person that won't read has no advantage over one who can't read.~Mark Twain

    May 6, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  4. Me

    Not once in Sundays bin Laden announcement did President Obama state "he was really, really proud of himself." Trump is a bully, thug and faux Republican.

    May 6, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  5. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    The right stuff?? You mean like money, brains, personality, drive, hair, the right policies, did I say money?, popularity, a great looking wife, did I say hair?, etc. I guess the answer is yes.

    May 6, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    If you believe that the "dog eat dog" world of business is right way to go, then Trump is your man. I think that combative approach if a recipe for World War 3 in the current world climate.

    May 6, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  7. S. In California - Obama 2012

    He has the "stuff" alright. It's what the "stuff" is that bothers MOST Americans.

    May 6, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  8. ThinkAgain

    Where are the tax records he promised to release if President Obama released his long form birth certificate? Is this just another example of Trump swindling folks like he swindled Ghaddafi?

    Speaking of which, what's a Republican presidential candidate doing palling around with terrorists? And why isn't the Quitta from Wasilla making a big fuss about it?

    May 6, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  9. Donald's trunk

    Trump is a thug that got where he is by pissing on people along with a bit of luck. Some people have success and feel blessed and want to help others with their good fortune. Donald Trump is a mean old man who would sell out his mother if the price were right.

    May 6, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  10. Irma in North Carolina

    All he is a big blowhard. He will never be presidential material. He thinks his money will get him in the white house. He should just pal up with Plain they make a good pair. Then we will have double the hate and lies session till 2012 and beyond.

    May 6, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  11. ThinkAgain

    @Me: Excellent point about President Obama's adult, assured approach to announcing to the world that, by his command, our Navy SEALs had eliminated Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks.

    President Obama is a statesman, a leader, an intelligent, hardworking man who puts country ahead of everything.

    Trump is nothing more than a self-serving, loud-mouthed bully egotist with bad hair.

    May 6, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  12. Ben

    Simply put Trump is a political chump. Period.

    May 6, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  13. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    I think that combative approach if a recipe for World War 3 in the current world climate.
    =====================================================================
    You mean like commiting the USA to a third war in Libya???

    May 6, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  14. ThinkAgain

    @Donald's trunk: You forgot to mention that The Donald inherited his wealth from his daddy. I seriously doubt that if he'd had to actually earn/make his fortune, no one would have heard of him, except maybe the nice folks down at the soup line.

    May 6, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  15. NoTrump

    No Trump for me. Perhaps many feel the same.

    May 6, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  16. C. Howe Yulikit

    I can't wait for November – of this year – when we say things like "Remember when Trump was actually thinking of running for President and some people were actually taking it seriously?". The guy is a carnival barker. All mouth no game.

    May 6, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  17. NoTrump

    Trump can act like a pitbull in a business, but he is not POTUS material.

    May 6, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  18. Thankfully Independent

    Hell, I wouldn't choose Donald Trump to sell my house, let alone be President of the United States.

    May 6, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  19. Jan Link

    He is an idiot...Him and Palin make a great team.
    He is an embarassment to the US whenhe speaks. We would be the laughing stock even if he runs for Pres.

    May 6, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  20. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    President Obama is a statesman, a leader, an intelligent, hardworking man who puts country ahead of everything.
    ===========================================================================================
    But how does this jive with his "leading from behind" in Libya? How is our country served by interjecting ourself into their internal political matters?

    May 6, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  21. ConservaFascists -aka- Mammon

    He can better handle the economy how? By bankrupting the country as he's done with some of his casinos.

    May 6, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  22. DanW

    Can you imagine what Trump's address to the country would have been if he had been the president who ordered bin Laden's killing? Trump is the 'ugly American' incarnate.

    May 6, 2011 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  23. rusty155

    Donald Trump would be the worst thing for America.He Is UNQUALIFIED.

    May 6, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  24. casey007

    The right stuff? I don't think so. Trump is a blatant liar and for some reason people are brushing this fact off because they think he is being cute. For some reason people think that because he is a multi-millionaire, talks to people anyway he pleases, and has big mouth, that he is presidential. Can you imagine Trump saying on Sunday, " I am so proud of myself for being the president to hunt down and kill OBL". Please this man is a complete joke!

    May 6, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  25. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    He can better handle the economy how? By bankrupting the country
    =======================================================
    Too late. Obama and the Democrats have already beat him to the punch on this one!

    May 6, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
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