Positive polls don't surprise Trump
February 23rd, 2011
07:32 PM ET
11 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. T'sah from Virginia

    That's right – keep the polls coming so TRUMPet will believe he will be president in 2012!!!

    First you compared President Obama to Trumpet – then Palin. Yes, if I had that choice, of course I will select TRUMPet!!

    February 23, 2011 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  2. GGR

    Obama vs. Trump a virtual tie? Thats a load of BS! No way. If there is any accuracy to it, then the polling public is a bunch of morons. Nice hair Donald.

    February 23, 2011 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  3. Get over yourself Donald !

    First off he couldn't make it out of the republican primaries ! Secondly the number's are only because of name recognition ! Once his history is laid out in full view his number's will be worse than Palin's ! Look at Arnold and how bad his Governorship turned out !

    February 23, 2011 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  4. freda

    This man is living in a fantasy world. And people will give him the time of day and encourage him to even think about it. His ego is much too big. He needs to be shut down so he can stay out of what he knows nothing about – politics. Please,
    CNN, don't allow the majority of the public to be subjected to this character's nonsense. Just looking at him and entertaining the idea that he's bold enough to think he can or should be president is sickening.

    February 23, 2011 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  5. Asch13

    As crazy as I thought Trump was to think he could be President, he is beginning to sound quite reasonable and plausible as a leader, and Yes as the President. Maybe it is just the poor leadership we now have that makes him look good.

    February 23, 2011 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  6. Patrick from Minnesota

    There is absolutely no way this media suck-up would even come within 10 points of beating Obama. Obama would trump this... well... Trump?

    February 23, 2011 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  7. Bill from GA

    This guy's opinions, as expressed on Piers Morgan ( a real butt-kisser), are more shallow than the kiddie pool, and about as full of crap.

    Likewise for anyone who would support him for high office; you can have him, or anyone else you like, on your stupid "reality" tv show, but as Pres, he is not even a good joke. (At least Palin is funny, in her own vapid way.)

    February 23, 2011 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  8. duke

    No but the margin by which he will lose if he should decide to run will surprise him!

    February 23, 2011 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  9. kyle

    This man can't balance the budget of a hotel.

    February 23, 2011 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  10. Max

    Donald Trump's finances should be investigated.

    February 23, 2011 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  11. Jilli

    C'mon, republicans are the perfect rubes for people like Trump – look how easily they gave up any standards by thinking Sarah Palin was actually vice presidential material. It's called desperation.

    February 23, 2011 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  12. Joan

    Hilarious. Another poll had him in single digits when up against the other Republican hopefuls. They sure need to do many more polls that hopefully are unbiassed, fair, large enough to be at all credible and worthy of consideration. If Trump beat out Pres. Obama for President , America would be the laughing stock of the rest of the world. His diplomacy skills are nilch and he would be a disaster working with world leaders. This is just a publicity stunt and it is silly that journalists, networks, etc. are again getting sucked in by this foolishness.

    February 23, 2011 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  13. Squigman

    If this happens, we're in big trouble.

    February 23, 2011 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  14. trex

    trump / palin.......................................i'm moving out

    February 23, 2011 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  15. Damliberals

    Any one who wants to seal the borders deport illegals fine the employers and tariff Chinese crap is good enough from ME.

    February 23, 2011 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  16. Chris

    I know everybody has some sort of negative feelings about this guy.

    However, the things he has said about U.S. and China are SPOT ON. I don't like the guy personally and I don't agree with his stances on social issues, but I 100% agree with the things he's said about China.

    February 23, 2011 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  17. Alex

    Donald Trump's "common sense": just declare bankruptcy and let your dad give you money...sorry donald, but that doesn't work for a country.

    February 23, 2011 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  18. jim

    well ... based on his typical conservative ignoring of facts, he won't get my vote.

    February 23, 2011 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  19. Indy

    Trump probably thinks polls are like a reality show and mean something when both polls and reality TV are fake and meaningless. He sure has a low opinion of the country and someone ought to inform him that the US is not a whipping post, I have no idea what the hell he is talking about when he says America Sucks. This idiot has no clue that we live in a global economy and any country that does not get that will not have a very bright future.Trump keeps talking about the art of the deal and negotiation skills, and he thinks his little real estate business is the same as international negotiations in the highest office in the land. He has no clue that running a country is not like talking investors and banks into buying his bull crap. Trump would be the worst thing that could ever happen to the country and I think it should be new law that if you have been a reality TV show you cannot run for POTUS, these people that come from reality TV are nothing but egomaniacs.

    February 23, 2011 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  20. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Once the Donald begins campaigning and his shady business deals come to light, he will be dismissed as just another lying money grubbing hypocrite, just like all the other repubes.

    February 23, 2011 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  21. saywhat

    Why I'm not surprise. Good luck with that America. You never learn really. Keep voting all the nasty dumb ass fame whores Republicans and see how it feels to live in a third world country like the Republic of the Philippines. You don't pay taxes there and there is no health care so seeing dirty sickly children and disabled people in a plank of wood with cans as wheels are a regular sight where the the roads are nasty and garbage are everywhere. No unionized jobs so you work 6 to 8 hours without benefits. Keep voting Republicans so you guys will have a chance to feel that way.

    February 23, 2011 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  22. me

    Hubris, No respect for women, unless they potentially land in his bead, no way no how. No class or tact.

    February 23, 2011 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  23. disgusted

    So the problem is that people won't negotiate? And in the next breath he says that collective bargaining is a serious problem. Yeah, that makes perfect sense.

    February 23, 2011 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  24. andrewstl

    keep patting yourself on the back don.

    you are never even going to be close if you get in the game

    you are a pompus dirt bag

    February 23, 2011 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  25. Chris

    correction.. Trump meant to say "stupid, dumb, fickle americans doesnt suprise me" there fixed.

    February 23, 2011 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
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