CNN Poll: Does Trump have the right stuff to be president?
May 6th, 2011
11:50 AM ET
12 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. mach4

    Humpty trumpty has fallen. How are the Mighty fallen! Pride begets the fall.
    Stupidly rich but got richly stupid.

    May 6, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  2. Enough

    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 |
    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 |

    I'll help you out..Google is a great tool for researching.. Do yourself and America a favor and do a little reading and learn a few things before you go to the polls for the next election.

    May 6, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  3. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    @ JAMIL

    so you would vote in for in a second a guy that has already had THREE bankruptcies to his credit turn around the economy of this country? Wow then have I got some Texas swampland here that might be of interest for you.

    May 6, 2011 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  4. Scott

    TRUMP for President! A general or sergeant in the army isn't suppose to be LIKEABLE!!! He suppose to get the job done, and make tough decisions. I don't want a figure-head as president, who can only speak nice and say the right thing. Plus, Trump can't be bought because he's a billionaire. He would run the country like a business, as it should be. Cut the fat, make a profit. Not waste money on spending that gets us nothing in return.

    May 6, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  5. Thomas

    Everyone says that Trump is a great businessman who has billions in the bank to prove it. That's not exactly the whole picture. Donald's FATHER was a great businessman who built himself up from nothing. He left Donald with $3 billion which is one heck of a leg-up. Anyone with that kind of start can make it grow, regardless of the economic climate.

    Given that Donald Trump managed to bankrupt an Atlantic City casino three times during the 1990s economic boom should be testimonial enough on how he would handle the national economy. He thinks he can strong-arm OPEC into lowering the price of oil while slapping China with import duties of 25%. He doesn't seem to realize that OPEC can simply sell the oil to China instead if America doesn't like the current price, while China can turn around and call in America's $800 billion dollar debt, thus DESTROYING the American credit rating and her economy beyond recovery...all without firing a shot.

    May 6, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  6. Jilli

    Trump is intelligent? I'd beg to differ. Bullying is a sign of intellectual weakness. When a person can't win arguments or debates with facts and logic, they resort to bullying. It's a sign of weakness. His business acumen is suspect. How many bankruptcies did he have?

    I'd like to see trumps transcripts. It wouldn't surprise me to find his gpa is half of what Obama achieved. I wouldn't ever even consider trump a viable consideration much less a viable candidate. He's all hair and hot air and no substance.

    May 6, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  7. RobertCloosdoosch

    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!


    You seriously need to educate yourself and do some research about what has happened to the national debt under the last several Republican administrations.

    May 6, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  8. BlackDynamite

    Trump is intelligent, but he's not "As smart as a whip", if you will

    Intelligence is the ability to understand
    Smart is the ability to apply intelligence successfully, productively, into your life

    Real estate, yes. Football, no. Television, yes. Marriage, no. Publicity, yes. Politics, no.

    May 6, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  9. BlackPanthers2020

    Why do people who support or call themselves republican have a very big tendency to ignore truthful facts , lie about everything when it comes to Obama , and totally vote against their own best interest...............I was just wondering , and then when they do lie about our POTUS ,they can never offer up any evidence to prove their lie !!!!

    May 6, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  10. Enough

    @Lost in Texas FOREVER, its really scary reading some post these days isnt it? Makes you realize so many people go to the polls VERY misinformed and just push a button.. Dont learn about the person they would vote for. So many dont even know the past history of the candidates or even past presidents and where our problems started from and think its ok to go out and put this country at risk voting for someone like Donald Trump.

    May 6, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  11. Michael

    Run, Donald, run. You have no shot to win but it will be fun to watch you waste your money.

    May 6, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  12. lemonbelly

    The only people I respect less than Palin supporters are Trump supporters.

    May 6, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  13. NVa Native

    It’s always amazing how conveniently these soon to be extinct "neo-cons" forget their past of blindly supporting the BUSH/CHENEY regime while they were destroying the small business and middle-class of America.
    When they preached honesty and integrity – then stabbed the US in the back.
    But the good side of it is that their lies and misdirection promotes the thinking public to remember and never forget when the GOP was in power and how they trashed America. And how hard it was to overcome or reverse their misdeeds no matter how talented and hard working President Obama is. And how the same hatred, arrogance, and ignorance they preach now is the same message preached during the BUSH/CHENEY regime.

    May 6, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  14. Enough

    CNN, with all of the polls you have been conducting lately.. why dont you add a poll on how many voters are misinformed when going to the voting booths to your list of polls. This is a serious and scary issue

    May 6, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  15. Smarter Human

    Trump's a buffoon. The rethuglicans have elected morons in the past, they won't stop now. Of course now we have the internet and can see right through it faster and more clearly.

    May 6, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  16. Liz the First

    This is what, the 3rd or 4th time this guy has pretended to be running for president? it's all for publicity. no idea why any serious news organization is giving him a nanosecond's worth of coverage. this is all a big joke to him and ON anyone who's taking it seriously.

    May 6, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  17. ScrappyJane

    This man is the perfect example – that money can't buy class!

    May 6, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  18. PD.

    Ummmm. The simple answer? NOOOOOOO

    May 6, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  19. Edward

    This article left something out in terms of leadership attributes. What's the attribute that mos people look for in a leader? Poise and a good temperament, that which Obama has in spades and that which trump does not have.

    May 6, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  20. Aldebaran49

    The Donny got his panties all in a bunch over Seth Meyers' comments at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Can you imagine how he would handle real criticism in the White House? As far as I'm concerned, big hair = small package when it comes to Donny.

    May 6, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  21. Karl Jonas

    also @ JAMIL

    you would trust trump with your money any day? REALLY? he'd take your money, stick it in his pocket, laugh in your face and brag about how he "screwed"you.

    just ask anyone who lives in manhattan.

    May 6, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  22. bobden

    Trump could probably do a good job selliing your house.
    Trouble is, he would keep the money.

    May 6, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  23. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Oh please, Trump's business and personal life both have been plagued with disaster and that only involved Trump and 2 others, not the whole country.

    May 6, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  24. TriB

    So the bankrupt billionaire has the stuff to get our economy going? Oh. Please.

    May 6, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  25. SATdragon

    Please treat the U.S. politics seriously, NOT as a reality show. Trump is not electable: he does not have the integrity, leadership. He also lacks the sincerity of a good human being.

    May 6, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
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