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. Jordan

    How insane would we have to be to elect an incredibly successful businessman and entrepreneur to run our failing debt ridden government. I mean, we need to find and elect someone who can sweet talk us into more debt and destruction! Come on people.

    May 16, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  2. ftroy01

    I would vote for Trump before I would vote to re-elect that incompetent we currently have in office.

    May 16, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  3. jaywingfuller

    Trump has as much chance as any Republican of beating Obama - that would be, No Chance..

    May 16, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  4. dc4sense

    Trump is a chump! But being a greedy, self centered, uninformed, loud mouth – he does exemplify current republican ideals.

    May 16, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  5. Joan

    I thought Trump was smarter than to allow his reputation to be so irreparably damaged by his totally absurd stab at a presidential bid. He made a total fool of himself with the whole birther thing and his attempts at policy statements have been crude and shallow. He has hurt his reputation so badly and this is unfortunately going to be his legacy. What was he thinking?

    May 16, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  6. cecilia

    and this is the idiot Mike Huckabee would endorse over President Obama – there goes the last reasonable Republican

    May 16, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  7. Mike in NC

    I'm a proud Independent voter and am glad American sees through this loser! The Republicans with probably choose someone they feel will "be liked" by the Indy's but they're going to screw up...AGAIN. Put me down for Herman Cain.
    A true American Conservative. Run,!

    May 16, 2011 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  8. Kevin

    I wonder whether this guy is so insulated by his minions that he never even gets a chance to see polls – he swore to someone on CNN that he was leading in a recent CNN poll and would not listen as the reporter tried to explain that CNN had not conducted a poll that included Trump. I think the Correspondents Dinner was a shock to Trump because he wasn't protected or isolated.

    May 16, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  9. logic in LA

    I find it interesting that "news" outlets still refer to his decision to run. This very site quoted him as saying he was running and that he could not make it official until after his show's finale.
    Why give him an easy way out? take him at his word, put him to the fire and make it "drop" out of the race.

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

    Donald Trump for POTUS – that was just another freak show Republican non-starter. To do that, he would have to divulge financial statements. Of course, anyone who can read and understand at the 8th grade level knew this. As Trump tried to gain traction on the R I D I C U L O U S birther claim – BO was working to orchestrate the OBL take-down.

    The future of any oval office seeker depends on dealing with the huge problems in the country – bankrupting health care costs, military expenses now far exceeding those of the cold war ending circa 1989, the disaster left by the Bush/WMD scam. OBL's stated goal was to bankrupt the US – the terrorists spent next to nothing and we spent (borrowed) TRILLIONS.

    More Tax Cuts for the rich is not a strategy only the work of Lobbyists.

    May 16, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  11. Slowgun

    Run Donald Run!

    Trump / Bachmann 2012!

    May 16, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  12. Terry Gloege

    Come on people, where is your sense of adventure?? Keep this wacko in the mix as long as possible just for laughs.

    May 16, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  13. Michael in Houston

    I started looking at this all differently recently. The good thing, the best thing, about having Trump, Bachmann, Santorum, Palin, and Newt is that each individually and collectively are so beneath this Nation and so utterly repulsive that President Obama stands out not only as the best candidate but also the ONLY viable candidate. They make him look so good its pathetic.

    May 16, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  14. Frank

    Great job CNN! You have taken down Palin and now Trump. Keep up the good work to get Obama re-elected.

    May 16, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  15. Patty - Illinois

    I wonder if Trump's ego has shrunk a little with the negative poll numbers? Sure hope so. He is an egomaniac and not someone I would vote for – even if he were running for dog catcher.

    May 16, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  16. Mamasrudeboy wait a minute....sarah "the hot kitchen quitter uneducated half gov" palin endorsed donald quack quack trump. She said that is what her America stands for...only rich, white, conservative rePUGSlicans should be dare Americans turn their backs on AMERICA's CHERISHED ICONS....THE FILTHY RICH.....I am going to complain to my congress man and woman....hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

    May 16, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  17. vet in texas

    Trump is genious, he exposed the naivete and lack of credibility of the GOP voters. Those who think Trump will be "good for the country, much better than Obama, etc. etc., voted for W twice, and actually thinks Sarah would be a good president. Anyone who thinks these things have NO credibility whatsoever in deciding who would be a good president. He's gave thousands to the democrats, spoke highly of Obama early in his presidency, yet some garner so much genuine hate, that they considered him for talking out the side of his neck regarding OPEC and China. Some people love getting blow pop stamps on their foreheads, and I laugh at them on a daily basis. "Ha Ha' – Nelson from the Simpsons.

    May 16, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  18. Alex

    Just another privileged pric$ with no substance and subpar intelligence preying on the illiterate religious right and tea party clowns.

    May 16, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  19. Mike

    Saw him on TV giving an interview on his political ideals when I was in Vegas several weeks ago. Obviously he's a very good business man, and will remain exceedingly rich until his dying day. But, I just got the impression he had no idea how to perform in the political ring. It's okay being a hothead in business, but politics requires a sophistication that escapes this guy. Some of his ideas seemed okay..... if you want WWIII with China. He's certainly not Presidential material.

    May 16, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  20. Just Me

    LOL. Now that's a blow to Trumps ego. This is not going to sit welll with Trump. How dare the American people reject a narcisist?

    May 16, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  21. kyle

    One way he can fix the national debt is to file bankruptcy, and clear all debt.

    May 16, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  22. E Grebe

    Wish the electorate had been as wish about Bush! Also, wish the Ohio electorate had as wise about Kasich in the fall of 2010! I so hope this is a sign voters are beginning to use their brains!!! (Sigh!)

    May 16, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  23. Don Sporns

    Trump never intended to run, and will not run. He got is TV ratings up at a low cost with free media publicity. He is done. That's a shame, because it would have been a great sideshow circus that would distract the Pubs.

    May 16, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  24. E Grebe

    Wish the electorate had been as wish about Bush! Also, wish the Ohio electorate had been as wise about Kasich in the fall of 2010! I so hope this is a sign voters are beginning to use their brains!!! (Sigh!)

    May 16, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  25. OneofThem

    After all we wouldn't want a president who is independently wealthy and proven himself to be highly successful in business plus proven his ability to brush off the dust and regain his success and wealth after a financial catastrophe. Appearance means nothing, Dubya looked and acted like a rat but managed to twist the polls around enough to get his two terms.

    May 16, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
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