Positive polls don't surprise Trump
February 23rd, 2011
07:32 PM ET
12 years ago

Positive polls don't surprise Trump

(CNN) - Donald Trump hasn't announced a run for president yet, but the businessman-turned-television host isn't surprised by some positive new poll numbers.

Trump explained on his YouTube channel Wednesday that a potential matchup showing him virtually tied with President Barack Obama came as no shock.

"There's been a lot of talk about a poll that came out last night," Trump said in the video. "The fact is I'm not campaigning, and I'll make a decision sometime in June. But I'm not that surprised."

Trump was referring to a Newsweek/Daily Beast poll that released yesterday. In the hypothetical matchup, Obama beat Trump by only two percentage points, 43 to 41. In the video, Trump incorrectly refers to the poll as sponsored by CNN.

"The poll came out, and we're in a virtual tie and I haven't campaigned," Trump said. "I'm not really, despite that, that surprised, because it's a message of common sense. We can have a great country again, the problem is we don't have the right leadership. We don't have the right leaders. We don't have people that have any semblance of negotiation."

Trump said in his video that running for president would be a reflection of his patriotism.

"I love this country," he said. "This country is doing very poorly. We're like a whipping post for the world. I love this country,and I want to make it great again."

When responding to a viewer question about the union protests in Wisconsin, Trump tried to appeal to both sides.

"I've had great relationships with the unions over the years," he said. "But at the same time I fully understand the governor of Wisconsin, what he's trying to do. He's trying to fix a very, very serious problem."

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soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. Steve851

    Total joke. Put this on the entertainment page. Geesh

    February 23, 2011 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  2. sogreat1989

    If Trump would win, we would not have strong foreign affairs. Trump would be to up front and rude when it came to other countries. Me personally I believe he would place himself above these other leaders thinking that he would automatically have the upper hand in bargaining, but that is not always the case.

    February 23, 2011 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  3. Zyxoid

    Like Palin, this man is an obsessive narcissist and does not belong anywhere near the Oval office. Would you want the ultimate horrible boss in charge of the U.S.? Not me. No way.

    February 23, 2011 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  4. solowd

    it's common to see good poll results for people who haven't campaigned

    after a few weeks of seeing that ridiculous orange hair and listening to his 3rd grade level policy decisions, obama will be looking a lot better by comparison

    February 23, 2011 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  5. Paul ny http://www.youtube.com/ny007ny

    lol. Could we have the first president in history to wear a raccoon on his head? Only time will tell.

    February 23, 2011 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  6. rusty155

    Donald Trump no American people want you to be President, only the IDIOT. The Republican party all ready giving the RICH everything now. We don't need you In there too give them more. With all these tea party Republican trying too break all the Union you Republican will be lucky to keep your Seat In the house or the Senate or GOV. the Republican party will lose big In 2012 and If the Government get shut down after march 4th you Republican won't stand a chance. Two Years of saying NO now you want very thing your way. What happen to working together, It just Seen to be the Republican just don't want too or thing they don't have too.

    February 23, 2011 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  7. Yeah Right...

    I swear to God I would pack up my stuff and move to Canada... Trump couldn't be President of student council let alone the USA

    February 23, 2011 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  8. Bertina

    Mr. Trump dream on! You are in the same company as Palin, Beck, Limbaugh, Bachmann, and all the other republican weirdos. It is very obvious the republicans are trying to break the unions not balance any budget!!!!!!!

    February 24, 2011 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  9. Vann

    As far as Republican candidates go, we could do a lot worse.

    Look at Palin or Huckabee and cringe people.

    February 24, 2011 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  10. anthony

    Reality TV nation. Thats what we are. I think being on a reality show should automatically disqualify ANYONE from being prez. Sorry, shows utter poor judgement to subject ones career to such a low.

    February 24, 2011 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  11. A

    Trump would never make it as president. He would be unable to fire the Congress. He really doesn't understand that the most of the decisions for the country are done by the Congress. With his ego, never.

    February 24, 2011 02:08 am at 2:08 am |
  12. leo

    I agree with Trump he is a very successful man and I think he can do wonders for our country. If you ever were president, I would sttrongly suggest Donald Trump should run for president.

    February 24, 2011 02:48 am at 2:48 am |
  13. Kyle W. Bell

    Maybe if Trump becomes president he can declare bankruptcy for the United States the same way that he has so many times for his business ventures. What a joke!

    February 24, 2011 03:23 am at 3:23 am |
  14. James

    I would vote for him over all the other rubbish republican candidates anytime. My choice for his VP would be RON PAUL.

    February 24, 2011 03:30 am at 3:30 am |
  15. Milton K. Wiah

    Trupp has money and does not know what to do with it. Make him to feel that he will win election so he will
    employ some campaign workers. Somebody getting pay for working with Mr. Trump for two years on the
    campaign is not bad in the country where there is massive unemployment. A flip flopper can never win
    that big office such as presidency f the USA.

    February 24, 2011 05:04 am at 5:04 am |
  16. Peter E

    Trump's battle would not be with Obama. It is republicans who would shut him down. They fear him because he is a REAL conservative. He does not care about using a lip-service to Jesus just to fatten his campaign coffers like they do. He does not believe in anti-competitive subsidies for oil giants. He does not believe in government bailouts of corporate buddies. He does not believe in unnecessary and anti-capitalist farm subsidies. And unlike republicans, he would actually care about balancing the budget while slashing all these unnecessary and anti-competitive corporate subsidies.
    Republicans fear ACTUAL fiscal conservatives. They would alienate many of their corporate campaign contributors.

    February 24, 2011 06:10 am at 6:10 am |
  17. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Ooo, those statements are going to bite you back Mr. Trump! 'We don't have people that have any semblance of negotiation' AND 'I've had great relationships with the unions over the years' will be featured in attack ads against you by your own republican party! They hate negotiations. And any person who ever had ANY union friend will be labeled a socialist!

    February 24, 2011 06:14 am at 6:14 am |
  18. Real Patriots Do MORE than Salute the flag, They educate themselves

    Dumb Donald and his ego will be more than a little shocked if he does run and get his rear handed to him in Nov 2012. The thinking Americans will be out in droves to take our country forward, Captain Combover.

    February 24, 2011 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  19. jamarsu

    I find this very hard to believe. A billionaire for president. Yeah, that will really solve the financial crisis. Unbelievable that he's evenign thinking about running.

    February 24, 2011 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  20. BGN

    Here's to the little rich kid for president...just what we need. Maybe Palin can try as VP again. HIDE THE RED PHONE....

    February 24, 2011 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  21. beevee

    There must be a mistake in counting the poll numbers. This guy is not a presidential material.

    February 24, 2011 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  22. John N Florida

    Trump is a smart guy. I believe he's at least as smart as Lee Iacocca was. In other words, he's too smart to get roped in to a job where he has no actual power.
    He can scream all day long, "YOU'RE FIRED!!" but when he turns around Congress is still there.
    I don't think he'll put himself in that position. He's used to having control. He listens to his advisers, but when he makes 'the call', he expects the troops to support his position.

    February 24, 2011 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
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