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. david in seattle

    No. But I wish he were the Reublican nominee and have the Kock brothers and others sink millions of their money into a lost cause.

    May 6, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  2. Namepam dugas

    I think that donald trump would make a good president better than the so called one we have sitting behind the desk @ the white house any body would be better than OBAMA. @ being president cuz he's done nothing for our country but hurt us sending money over too other countries like we don't need money here too help our people out & now that he says Osama id dead he's not bringing bk are troops. Oh and he wont even show us prove that Osama is actually dead but he'll put other pictures up on the web of the death of some Osama follewers but president Obama refuses too show us anything of the death of Osama.

    May 6, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  3. David

    Trump would be too good for America. I never liked the man but he is telling the real story. The liberals will try anything to ruin the guy though.

    May 6, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  4. Mike S.

    Considering their shared history of corporate bankruptcies, it seems that Donald Trump and George Bush Jr. are both qualified to be president. Whether you're bankrupting Atlantic City casinos, or Harken Oil Co., the right wing neocon whack jobs support their heroes.

    May 6, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |

    We are getting over polled. The polls mean nothing now, the election season has not started yet. Wait until all Republican Candiidates get into the race and you will see which one will beat Barack Obama. The Republican Primary is the 2012 election.

    May 6, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  6. aatami

    Why couldn't Trump be president? We already set a dangerous precedent by electing a dimwit like GW Bush, TWICE! We, as a country, deserve Trump at this point.

    May 6, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  7. Osborne Frank

    Donald Trump is FULL of it. He is an arrogant fool.

    May 6, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  8. Regular American

    Trump is a complete and total idiot and blowhard! As a businessman, he has been through more bankruptcies than GM, Chrysler, and AIG combined! And being a "businessman" is his greatest strength and qualification for becoming president (in his own words)! He is truly disgusting and repugnant, and I believe that most Americans with an IQ over 70 relaize this full well and would NEVER put him in charge of our country. Please, Donald, go crwaw back into your bankruptcy funded gold-leafed hole and leave us alone!

    May 6, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |

    The Republican Party has many great candidates, it may be hard to chose which one we want to beat Barack Obama. This is why all candidates are so close in the race.

    May 6, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  10. Jaywing

    The Donald is a cartoon of a man - a bloated, egotistical bigot. Time for him and his kind to disappear into obscurity.

    May 6, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  11. Dennis

    He probably has just as much experience as current occupant. That being said, I wouldn't vote for either. Both are narciistic, egomainiacs. We can do better.

    May 6, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  12. Nevis

    The ONLY person this can be any surprise to is Donald Trump.

    May 6, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  13. Melissa

    Trump, like the rest of the ideological Republicans, is a poster brat for all the bullies in the world. They can sure dish it out, but they can't take it. Trump has neither the class, diplomacy, demeanor, nor statemanship that we need to lead this country, especially in these trying times.

    May 6, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  14. GOP = Greed Over People

    That depends, President of the Donald Trump fan club?


    President of the U.S.A?

    Not a chance.

    May 6, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  15. NC

    Trump doesn't have my values. I have been married to the same person for almost 38 years.
    Happy Mother's Day everyone.

    May 6, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  16. Gary, Hunt Valley, Md.

    OH, and Donald Trump is really, really proud of himself for telling so many stupid, gullible people what they want to hear.

    May 6, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  17. Mike Dallas

    That would be the same Trump chump that declared bankruptcy at least twice?

    NO, so scoot along Skippy!

    May 6, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  18. ???

    Casinos are very statistics heavy businesses. The revenue stream, gambling, for thee most part, can be set up to generate a certain rate of return. All a manager has to do is ensure their operating costs are lower than their expected (and preset) rate of return. Trump has failed so badly at working within his budget that he has had to declare bankruptcy 3x. If he can't operate a business in which he can work with and preset a rate of return I really don't see how he can financially manage a country, which has a widely variable income and no guaranteed rate of return.

    I certainly don't trust his non-business characteristics in running the country so this makes him unapealling by any standard.

    May 6, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    "You mean like commiting the USA to a third war in Libya???"
    That is exactly what Trump is proposing. Taking the Libyan oil by military force.

    May 6, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  20. ThinkAgain

    Everyone knows Trump only pursued a run for President to boost his ratings. I also think all this baba-stinky the GOP has been throwing at the wall has been to rile up their base (God knows, the Republicans don't have a record of actual achievement to run on) and to make whomever Karl Rove, Grover Norquist and the Koch Brothers DO pick to be the GOP candidate will look positively sane next to all these yahoos.

    Their candidate will still be an extreme right winger, bent on turning our country into another third-world nation, feeding us that old line of BS that somehow – all evidence to the contrary – that more tax cuts for the rich will fix everything.

    Folks, do yourselves a favor. THINK and then get out the vote for the Democrats. They are actually working FOR our country, NOT the multi-national corporate interests.

    May 6, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  21. BILL

    I've heard the donald is currently trying to figure out............well, almost everything...... . seems everything has to be about him, sorta like a hormonal teenager.............wait a minute!..........maybe I can use the donald to scare my kids straight,"listen kiddo, do the right things or you'll end up like that guy!!"

    May 6, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  22. Melissa

    Jamil, George Bush ran the Texans into the ground, and at the time I think Texas was 49% in the state in quality of education, but single-cell idiots still voted him into office.

    May 6, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  23. Rsprings

    Sorry but he can't win..but what he can do is keep the pressure on both parties to get their act together.

    May 6, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  24. normajean

    Going back a week or so to Trumps language....he defends himself by talking about what is said in business meetings....but this was not a boardroom, it was national TV in front of children and the rest of the world. Hardly presidential,was it???

    May 6, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  25. MiddleOfTheRoad

    Trump? Palin? Bachmann? or's a no brainer

    May 6, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
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