Trump has no chance of being prez, Americans say
May 16th, 2011
09:06 AM ET
12 years ago

Trump has no chance of being prez, Americans say

(CNN) – Donald Trump is getting more bad news as he comes closer to making a final decision about a presidential run.

A new survey from Politico and George Washington University indicates more than two-thirds of Americans think the business mogul has "no chance" of ever winning the White House.

The poll, out Monday, shows 71 percent think a Trump candidacy is a non-starter while only 26 percent think there is a chance the reality television star could beat President Obama.

Those numbers follow a similarly-poor showing for Trump in a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll released last week. That survey showed Trump has an unfavorable rating of 64 percent and would lose to Obama by 22 points in a general election matchup.

The Politico/GWU poll surveyed 1,000 likely voters from May 8-12 and carries a sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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  1. reb

    Trump got "Nailed by the President of the United States for making racial,unintelligent remarks,that embarrassed this country to the world! He has basically "Scolded" by an Intellectual for having a 10 yr olds education? This is no offense to 10 year olds, they could more than likely "Trip-up Trump during a "Debate" easily! What "Newspapers do you read,Mr.Trump?? AHHHHHHHH???????

    May 16, 2011 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  2. Read This

    To all you Trump supporters, please keep up the support and thank you. Please ensure he is the Republican nominee.

    The people with brains and who support Obama know that would be the easiest way for him to win.

    Thank you and keep supporting Trump.

    Obama Biden 2012 and infinity if possible.

    May 16, 2011 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  3. Pete

    I can't believe trump fooled so many for so long. In keeping with Presidential tradition, If he were elected his personal assets would be placed in a blind trust for the duration of his stay in office. Does anyone really believe Trump is going to allow his assets to be managed by someone else? On his last show, he will announce how proud he is of himself and tell us all that he can do more to influence things from the outside.

    May 16, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  4. Randy, San Francisco

    Shame on the top tier GOP/Tea Party presidential candidates for not taking Trump to task for making absurd and inflammatory statements. Is it passive agreement and fear on their part of saying something politically incorrect?

    May 16, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  5. jimmy

    Trump has a big mouth and thats it..he is too scared to run for POTUS just imagine all those skeletons tumbling out of his closet. He had his Andy Warhol moment in the sun. Go back to bankrupting your businesses Donald

    May 16, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  6. JustMe

    Harry, no matter how crazy a candidate is there will always be someone out there willing to vote for them. Unfortunately there are alot of crazy people in this country as well.

    I find it hilarious to think that the Trumpster actually said that he was the only candidate President Obama would be afraid to run against. LOL. Even at Trump's height of popularity (before Obama released his long form birth certificate and before the WH Correspondents Dinner and before the death of OBL) I would never have believed that was true and I sure as heck don't know either.

    May 16, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  7. Former Republican, but never again!

    No GOPer can beat Obama, that's why they're dropping like flies!

    May 16, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  8. BJJ

    Trump is a toal egotistical jerk. Like a little kid stomping his feet to get attention, Trump is whinning. Maybe he can get more laughs if he gets :the reverand" Al Sharpton to run as his VP. Trump- YOUR FIRED now go to the peanut gallery, put your dunce cap on and sit down. BJNJ

    May 16, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  9. Whammybar

    Hey Donald, you really want to help the country? Spend your money on bringing good paying manufacturing jobs back to the US making a quality product. Considering the way our "American" companies are selling us inferior junk made in China you would be a hero! Good wages and benefits with a retirment program. It can be done. Do it large and everywhere you can in this country. You will be a national hero and rich beyond your dreams. It worked before and it will work again.
    You have'nt got a slim chance to be president at present.

    May 16, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  10. Kenny

    BUmper Sticker seen in New York.

    TRUMP / PALIN 2012
    You're Fired / I Quit

    They make a lovely couple.

    May 16, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  11. Bill

    Although I can't picture Donald Trump as President, the American voters elected George W. Bush TWICE so I the old saying "never say never" is appropriate when considering who we Americans are willing to vote for. Also, the fact that people like Trump, Bachman, Palin, Gingrich, Santorum, etc are even being considered shows that many of us Americans fail to learn from our past mistakes.

    May 16, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  12. KO

    He was the Republican flavor of the month in April, but he's done. Who's next?

    May 16, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  13. Mr. Hat

    This article would be more interesting if it had numbers for each republican canidate and not just Trump. If their numbers are not much higher this is a non-story.

    May 16, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  14. Andrew

    Oh republicans, I beg you, nominate The Donald...please?

    May 16, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  15. foxonmyhead

    lol 22% pple would actually vote for this dbag ,,, ummm no surprise they voted for that retard palin too lol
    i wonder these pple wake up in morning .. and come out with idieas how they gna make fool of emself .. sound and look more retarded then day before

    May 16, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  16. cm

    Him and alot others know they don't have a chance. talking about you Palin, spelling it out for you.

    May 16, 2011 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  17. Joshua Ludd

    Well, we tried having one " CEO of America" and... no surprise... he let all the real CEOs nearly destroy our economy. Of course the problem there was that we elected a CEO who never made a profit except by selling his failing companies to someone bigger. Trump, of course, has a similar problem. He is known to simply not pay debts when he can get away with it, to be utterly ruthless when it comes to not only his competitors, but even those he is working with if it will benefit him (and remember that were he president WE would be one of the groups he is working with), and of course there is the whole declaring bankruptcy thing. You can't really do that when you are president. But, of course Trump isn't going to run. Trump was never really going to run. He just likes the idea of being one of those guys who runs for president. Its all about his ego. So, in the end this isn't so much a statement about Trump, but about the danger of trying to elect someone to emulate the private sector as if government were a profit taking enterprise. We have seen how CEOs operate over the last few decades, and it hasn't fared well for their employees or the economy as a whole outside of the wealthiest... so maybe its time to get someone in office who sees government not as a business, but as government.

    May 16, 2011 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  18. jd

    Darn. I was looking forward to seeing his financial records.

    May 16, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  19. Cdn Jim

    Trump is a blowhard who has no chance of being President. He may have a lot of money, but politically he's a joke.

    May 16, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  20. Toad

    Trump is the only big dog on the porch. This must be liberal blog. The liberals on here don't like Trump because he put Obama the manchild on his knees!

    May 16, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  21. Walter

    Trump never had a chance. Thankfully, he'll be out of the running within a month or two. There has got to be a viable candidate to run against Obama. With unemployment averaging 9% so far his entire time in office; and now with inflation rearing its head – if Republicans can't run a candidate against this guy and win, they ought to give it up.

    May 16, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  22. Palinwho

    Awwww, This would be a bummer for my GOP nominee Trump/Palin 2012. I still pray that this will come true. I love SNL and Trump/Palin combination will be ideal. This is a once in life time opportunity. Please Republicans – use ur common sense.

    May 16, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  23. ART

    Trump is a Toad, just like aToad is a Toad, and only a Toad would vote for a toad or maybe Palin

    May 16, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  24. jem

    The only thing Trump is running for is getting big ratings for his dopey reality show and to say that he will announce whether he will run or not at the "Apprentice" finale? Seriously Trump? Maybe you can fool 26% of the people that you're legit but the ones with brains know that's it's all about the publicity. Have to give it to you though-you got all the media to give you free advertising for your tv show.

    May 16, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  25. cheekbrown

    Too bad President Obama had to waste precious time dealing with Trump and the Birther issue, while hunting down bin Laden. Trump believes his money can buy anything, even the presidency. Not for sale, Trump. This is America.

    May 16, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
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