CNN Poll: Does Trump have the right stuff to be president?
May 6th, 2011
11:50 AM ET
4 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


Filed under: 2012 • CNN Polls • Donald Trump • Polls
soundoff (127 Responses)
  1. carrotroot

    Trump hasn't done anything noteworthy to warrant people voting for him. Trump hasn't made any life or death decisions, Obama has.

    May 6, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  2. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    well I don't know about becoming POTUS, but as much as he lies and now seems to get caught up in them he has a future in politics or at least law.

    May 6, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  3. Lolo

    These nuts want anybody to try so long as they defeat Obama no matter the cost to them. Thats it thats all period. Look at the people who are running for the republican nomination. It is definitely a joke. They might as well elect a dog, they will have a better chance. LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 6, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  4. JAMIL

    Our economy SUCKS, He is one person I would trust him with my money any day. He is financially savvy and a smart man. We need and person like him in office to make good financial decisions in order for our economy to recovery. I would VOTE for him in a second.

    May 6, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  5. Kenny

    Donald "The Chump" is nothing more than an ignorant blowhard. He has only one agenda, Trump. He will lie, cheat and or steal for his own gain. He is one who gets his jollies hearing himself talk and if he doesn't like what you are saying it's always "Cuse me", "Cuse Me". He is of the mind set that he is a smart man when in reality his hair isn't even smart enough to lay right on his empty head.

    May 6, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  6. The Situation

    The guy is a a-Clown! He has big talk, but no substance. He going to save the US from their finanical woes when he had 3 companies that went bankrupt due to his greed. He isn't even a self made man or millionare as he wants to believe. His Daddy was the one that began the Trump Empire. Old Man Trump was worth over $800 Million at the time of his death in 1999. Trump is just a mooch and a loser!

    May 6, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  7. Pam

    No one in their right mind would think Trump is capable of being anything but the bad celebrity he is today!
    Life is not a reality show Donald!!!

    May 6, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  8. Jack in Florida

    If being an arrogant bag of wind was a trait, he would win hands down.

    May 6, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  9. Lolo

    It is amazing how these idiots have selective memory. Bush and their precious Reagan made this mess. They helped no one but the rich. And the poor uneducated people in the south shows that they can be sold anything. i have some swamp land to sell to you.

    May 6, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  10. Joe

    Anyone with a brain knows Trump or Palin have no chance of being president. Yet CNN reports on both of them as if they are real contenders. For god sakes Trump is more liberal then conservative so he would never get the republican nod. Secondly after all of the Bin Laden stuff dies down, the fact will still remain that more and more jobs are being lost every week. Even when there is good news like today where more jobs are added, it doesn't change the fact, that more and more are being lost and shipped out of the country. This administration has to do something to stop the mass exodus of jobs leaving for Mexico and other countries if they want Obama to be elected again. You can't constantly attack corporations and small businesses and expect them to stick around or survive. CNN was even trying to downplay the bad unemployment news the other day by stating the unemployment numbers were skewed because of spring break. That's just ridiculous. Wishing things were better is not going to make them better. CNN and other Liberal news stations need to start holding this administration accountable for their bad policies. Things are getting very bad. It's time to stop pretending.

    May 6, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  11. FM

    I don't want to be judgemental at the moment about Trump. I need to hear him debating and from there I can make my judgement.

    May 6, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  12. PTNY

    Couldn't tell you until after a few debates.

    May 6, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  13. Discernment

    WHAT IS THIS INSANE OBSESSION WITH AMERICANS ABOUT BEING "TOUGH ENOUGH"?

    Just successfully competing in the American capitalist environment is more than enough to toughen up anyone. Americans are born competing and they toughen quickly, therefore I'm not worried about our leaders being 'tough enough'.

    I'm more concerned about our leaders having 'good judgment and wisdom'. George W. Bush was 'tough enough', but he sincerely lacked intelligence, understanding, and good judgment.

    And birther-candidate Donald Trump, much like Bush is 'tough enough'; but the recent antics of this blow hard Trump is clear evidence that he severely lacks wisdom and judiciousness.

    May 6, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  14. Kwesoe

    Why does CNN waste money on conducting a poll for Trump? The man cannot even be elected Dog Catcher, despite his claim of wealth.

    May 6, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  15. Enough

    @Shoegazer, great post. You summed it up in a short paragraph.

    May 6, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  16. Jake

    No! he doesn't! and now if the world could show him that he doesn't have the right stuff to make a hit reality show either...don't watch!

    May 6, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  17. Enough

    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!

    Are you kidding or just very misinformed?

    May 6, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  18. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    If being an arrogant bag of wind was a trait, he would win hands down.
    ==========================================================
    Well it worked for Obama so he thinks it will work again!

    May 6, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  19. Enough

    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 |

    Are you kidding or just very misinformed? Seriously, stop embarrassing yourself. Its scary to think we have such misinformed voters like you.

    May 6, 2011 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  20. The Situation

    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

    Wrong answer. Bush and the Repubs had bankrupt the US since the Mid 2000's. Clinton left a surplus and Bush, Cheney & company took all that money and used into an unnecessary war in Iraq. Bush was the one that was always running to China for handouts. Major Banks was going under on his watch.

    May 6, 2011 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  21. Indy

    So this must be the poll Donald was lying about to John King !! Most have us already knew that the majority are quite aware that Trump is no where close to Presidential material and is just a sideshow that really helped Obama out. Trump is dead wrong on China and OPEC and combine that with several bankruptcy scams and it is clear that he would ruin any progression the country has made. Never forget that Trump wants to invade other countries and steal their oil and that is the dumbest thing ever said by a CEO, he has diminished the value of his Dads company greatly in the past two months, not very smart at all.

    May 6, 2011 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  22. NVa Native

    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?
    ~~~~~~~~~~~
    This is an example of how weak intellectually and socially some of us have become. One rational comment distorted for a political bumper sticker to be repeated when ever the wind blows with the hopes that someone, anyone, will follow them. Typical nonsense garbage that comes from feelings of inadequacy and being irrelevant. A bunch of sissy-boy ego maniacs with inferiority complex. This is how Breitbart makes himself feel worthwhile. Very sad people.

    May 6, 2011 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  23. Emma

    Oh geez..is his 15 mins up AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 6, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  24. Rick McDaniel

    More importantly.......does Obama???????????

    May 6, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  25. Rudy NYC

    Trust is how we select presidents. How much trust we have in the candidate must be balanced with how much trust the candidate can evoke around the world.

    May 6, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
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